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Vandiver, Frank E. Ploughshares into Swords; Josiah Gorgas and Confederate Ordnance. Austin: University of Texas Press, l952; reprinted 1977. Second edition, College Station: Texas A & M University Press, 1994.
Biography focusing on Gorgas's contributions to Confederate war effort through Ordnance Bureau.
Wiggins, Sarah Woolfolk. "Josiah Gorgas, A Victorian Father," Civil War History 32 (September l986), 229-46.
Study of Josiah as Victorian father, reflecting family life and patterns of child rearing in nineteenth century. Social history, not military.
Wiggins, Sarah Woolfolk ed. The Journals of Josiah Gorgas l857-l878. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, l995.
Journals of antebellum family life, Civil War and Ordnance Bureau work, postwar careers as owner of an ironworks, as teacher at Sewanee, and as University of Alabama president. "Prologue" briefly summarizes prewar life.