William Cabell Rives - A Country to Serve, by Barclay Rives.
Barclay Rives is better known to foxhunters for his foxhunting writing, but here he takes up the pen to set forth the life of an ancestor who lived in 19th century, a contemporary of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Like so many Virginians, when the South seceded he followed his state, but that service is not a primary focus of this book. Rather, it is the first part of the 19th century when he was active in the American political scene that Barclay chooses to dwell upon.
Paperback, 373 pages