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The Man in Gray

Thomas Dixon

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Lee was too deeply moved for words to reply. He pressed his old friend's hand, held it in silence and turned away.

The young people rode horseback. Never in his life had Phil seen anything to equal the easy grace with which these Southern girls sat their horses. Their mothers before them had been born in the saddle. Their ease, their grace was not an acquirement of the teacher. It was bred in the bone.

When a boy challenged a girl for a race, the challenge was instantly accepted. Their saddles were made of the finest leather which the best saddle makers of England and America could find. Their girths were set with double silver buckles. A saddle never turned.

When the long procession reached the gates of Arlington, it seemed to Phil that half the congregation were going to stop for dinner. A large part of them did. Every friend and neighbor who pressed Colonel Lee's hand, or the hand of his wife, had been invited.

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Community Reviews

this was the first Dixon book I did not greatly like. It was not easy to follow and never got going for me.

Chalk this one up to curiosity. I was aware Thomas Dixon Jr was a White Supremacist hero but I thought this book was mostly about Robert E Lee, an interesting guy. Instead, while General Lee is a character in the book, it details more about the start of the Civil War from the Southern perspective...more

A defense of the South

Dixon wrote a defense of the antebellum South in the form of a novel, just as others attacked the South in novels. Some will say that it is biased in favor of the southern people and presents an idealized view. I have no problem with that. For every bit of pro-southern writi...more