A Rogue’s Life

R. Clay Crawford, Prison Escapee, Union Army Officer, Pretend Millionaire, Phony Physician and the Most Respected Man in Macon, Georgia

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About the Book

This book reveals the life of R. Clay Crawford, his dreams, his schemes, his successes and his failures, as he launched himself into many of the most turbulent episodes of 19th century United States history. Like everyone, he was born with a family history, not just genetic but also cultural determinants; this book reveals the influences on his behavior inherited from his father and his grandfathers. He likewise passed on to his children a model, not just genetic but cultural. Even so, Clay Crawford’s story is not just a family affair. He was a “self-made man” living in an age when such was thought to be a national asset—and thus stands out as a warning that the worship of the “self-made man” may produce more rogues than Rockefellers.

About the Author(s)

Lewis A. Lawson taught American literature at the University of Maryland from 1963 to 1997, when he became Professor Emeritus. He lives in University Park, Maryland.

Bibliographic Details

Lewis A. Lawson
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 236
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7482-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1391-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface  1
Introduction: A Word or Two About the Word Rogue  5
1. Home  9
2. Leaving Home  29
3. Wandering  36
4. The War  42
5. The War Resumed  62
6. A Romantic Interlude  83
7. A Mexican Adventure  89
8. Pennsylvania  105
9. Maryland  112
10. New Jersey and Ohio  124
11. Kentucky  126
12.  Missouri and Georgia  132
13. Home Again  146
14. A Rogue Outrogued  160
15. Clay’s Children  163
Conclusion  179
Chapter Notes  183
Works Cited  209
Index  217

Book Reviews & Awards

“provides interesting insights into the life of an American rogue who used the war to satisfy his need for status and wealth…recommended”—Civil War News.