The Partisan Leader

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The Partisan Leader
Author Nathaniel Beverley Tucker
Country United States
Language English
Genre Political novel
Publisher Duff Green
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 392 pp

The Partisan Leader; A Tale of The Future is a political novel by the antebellum Virginia author and jurist Nathaniel Beverley Tucker. A two-volume work published in 1836 in New York City and in 1837 in Washington, D.C. under the pen-name “Edward William Sydney,”[1] the novel is set thirteen years into the future, in 1849, and imagines a world where the American states south of Virginia have seceded from the Union. The story traces the formation of a band of Virginia insurgents who seek to free their state from federal control and adjoin it to the independent Southern Confederacy.

Ever since the Southern states actually withdrew from the Union in 1861, the work has been viewed as a window into the development of secessionist thought, and, in some ways, a preview of the American Civil War. In 1861, it was reprinted in New York City with the title A Key to the Disunion Conspiracy.[1] A confederate edition was published in Richmond in 1862.


  1. ^ a b Wikisource-logo.svg Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1889). "Tucker, Thomas Tudor". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton. 


  • Robert J. Brugger, Beverley Tucker: Heart over Head in the Old South (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1977).
  • Beverley D. Tucker, Nathaniel Beverley Tucker: Prophet of the Confederacy, 1784-1851 (Tokyo: Nan'undo, 1979).

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