Rebel Bulldog: The Story of One Family, Two States, and the Civil War
Rebel Bulldog tells the story of Preston Davidson, a Northerner who fought for the Confederacy, and his family who lived in Indiana and Virginia. It examines antebellum religion, education, reform, and politics, and how they affected the identity of not just one young man, but of a nation caught up in a civil war. Furthermore, it discusses how a native- born Hoosier reached the decision to fight for the South, while detailing a unique war experience and the postwar life of a proud Rebel who returned to the North after the guns fell silent and tried to remake his life in a very different state and nation than the ones he had left in 1860.The book uses not just Preston’s story, but that of his family as a lens to help us glimpse the past. Preston’s paternal family had strong ties to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and Washington College (now Washington and Lee University). The maternal side of Preston’s family tree included his grandfather, Governor Noah Noble.
Lantzer, Jason, "Rebel Bulldog: The Story of One Family, Two States, and the Civil War" (2017). History & Anthropology. 16.