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Rebel Chief: The Motley Life of Colonel William Holland Thomas, C.S.A.

by Thomsen, Paul A.
Publisher: Forge Books
Retail Price: $24.95
Issue: Winter 2005
ISBN: 0765309580

Though William Holland Thomas had the simplest of life goals, according to Paul A. Thomsen, he led an extraordinarily complex existence. To support his mother, he developed trading relationships with American Indians in western North Carolina, and was eventually adopted by a tribe, ultimately serving as the chief. He later became a state senator and organized a tribal war party to harass Union soldiers attempting to pass through the North Carolina mountains. Thomsen explores the ups and downs of Thomas's motley life.

review of Rebel Chief: The Motley Life of Colonel William Holland Thomas, C.S.A., by Thomsen, Paul A., Civil War Book Review, (Winter 2005).