Let Us Die Like Brave Men tells the stories behind the dying words of 52 warriors who fell for the Southern cause. It includes soldiers from every Confederate state and gives equal play to men high-ranking and obscure. A few were not even part of the military. For example, James F. Jackson was a boxer and former militiaman who heard a Yankee colonel proclaim, "Behold my trophy," upon tearing down the Stars and Bars in Alexandria, Virginia. Jackson nodded at the shotgun in his own hands and coolly replied, "Behold mine."