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Murder, Honor, and Law
Murder, Honor, and Law

Four Virginia Homicides from Reconstruction to the Great Depression

Hamm, Richard F.

In 1868 a scion of one of the leading families of Richmond, Virginia, ambushed and killed the city’s most controversial journalist over an article that had dishonored the...


Two Novels by Mary Chesnut
Two Novels by Mary Chesnut
Chesnut, Mary Boykin, Muhlenfeld, Elizabeth

As the well-educated and socially skilled wife of a prominent Confederate, Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut (1823-86) was ideally situated—and intellectually equipped—to record the...


America on the Eve of the Civil War
America on the Eve of the Civil War
Ayers, Edward L., Martin, Carolyn R.

"This remarkable publication provides a captivating and brilliantly executed series of conversations among seventeen most impressive historians. These participants in a daylong...


Freedom's Promise
Freedom's Promise

Ex-Slave Families and Citizenship in the Age of Emancipation

Regosin, Elizabeth

Emancipation and the citizenship that followed conferred upon former slaves the right to create family relationships that were sanctioned, recognized, and regulated by the laws...


Colossal Ambitions
Colossal Ambitions

Confederate Planning for a Post–Civil War World

Brettle, Adrian

Leading politicians, diplomats, clerics, planters, farmers, manufacturers, and merchants preached a transformative, world-historical role for the Confederacy, persuading many...


Exile in Richmond
Exile in Richmond

The Confederate Journal of Henri Garidel

Chesson, Michael Bedout, Roberts, Leslie Jean

Expelled from occupied New Orleans by Federal forces after refusing to pledge loyalty to the Union, Henri Garidel remained in exile from his home and family from 1863 to 1865....


Marching Masters
Marching Masters

Slavery, Race, and the Confederate Army during the Civil War

Woodward, Colin Edward

The Confederate army went to war to defend a nation of slaveholding states, and although men rushed to recruiting stations for many reasons, they understood that the...


Radical Reform
Radical Reform

Interracial Politics in Post-Emancipation North Carolina

Beckel, Deborah

Radical Reform describes a remarkable chapter in the American pro-democracy movement. It portrays the largely unknown leaders of the interracial Republican Party who...


Daydreams and Nightmares
Daydreams and Nightmares

A Virginia Family Faces Secession and War

Tarter, Brent

The decision of the eventual Confederate states to secede from the Union set in motion perhaps the most dramatic chapter in American history, and one that has typically been...


Vicksburg, Southern City Under Siege

William Lovelace Foster’s Letter Describing the Defense and Surrender of the Confederate Fortress on the Mississippi

Urquhart, Kenneth Trist

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The First Republican Army
The First Republican Army

The Army of Virginia and the Radicalization of the Civil War

Matsui, John H.

Although much is known about the political stance of the military at large during the Civil War, the political party affiliations of individual soldiers have received little...


Black Prisoners and Their World, Alabama, 1865-1900
Curtin, Mary Ellen

In the late nineteenth century, prisoners in Alabama, the vast majority of them African Americans, were forced to work as coal miners under the most horrendous conditions...


Showdown in Virginia
Showdown in Virginia

The 1861 Convention and the Fate of the Union

Freehling, William W., Simpson, Craig M.

In the spring of 1861, Virginians confronted destiny—their own and their nation’s. Pivotal decisions awaited about secession, the consequences of which would unfold for a...


A Saga of the New South
A Saga of the New South

Race, Law, and Public Debt in Virginia

Tarter, Brent

In the lead-up to the Civil War, Virginia, like other southern states, amassed a large public debt while striving to improve transportation infrastructure and stimulate...


Louisa S. McCord
Louisa S. McCord

Selected Writings

Lounsbury, Richard C.

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The Cacophony of Politics
The Cacophony of Politics

Northern Democrats and the American Civil War

Gallman, J. Matthew

The Cacophony of Politics charts the trajectory of the Democratic Party as the party of opposition in the North during the Civil War. A comprehensive overview, this...


An Evening When Alone
An Evening When Alone

Four Journals of Single Women in the South, 1827–67

O'Brien, Michael

A book that will greatly enhance understanding of the situation of single women in the nineteenth-century South, An Evening When Alone presents the journals of four very...


A Fine Body of Men

The Orleans Light Horse, Louisiana Cavalry, 1861–1865

Moriarty, II, Donald Peter

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Slavery and War in the Americas
Slavery and War in the Americas

Race, Citizenship, and State Building in the United States and Brazil, 1861-1870

Izecksohn, Vitor

In this pathbreaking new work, Vitor Izecksohn attempts to shed new light on the American Civil War by comparing it to a strikingly similar campaign in South America--the War...


Ashe County's Civil War
Ashe County's Civil War

Community and Society in the Appalachian South

Crawford, Martin

Distinguished from traditional historical narrative by its balanced portrayal of wartime experiences both at home and on the battlefield and flavored by its vivid portrayal of...


My Work among the Freedmen
My Work among the Freedmen

The Civil War and Reconstruction Letters of Harriet M. Buss

Buss, Harriet M., White, Jonathan W., Davis, Lydia J.

Between 1863 and 1871, Harriet M. Buss of Sterling, Massachusetts, taught former slaves in three different regions of the South, in coastal South Carolina, Norfolk, Virginia,...


Soldier and Scholar
Soldier and Scholar

Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve and the Civil War

Briggs, Ward W., Jr.

One of America's greatest classical scholars, Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve (1831-1924) was also a Civil War journalist. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, and a self-described "...


The War Hits Home
The War Hits Home

The Civil War in Southeastern Virginia

Wills, Brian Steel

In 1863 Confederate forces under Lieutenant General James Longstreet, while scouring Southside Virginia for badly needed supplies, threatened the Union garrison in Suffolk. For...


Longstreet's Aide
Longstreet's Aide

The Civil War Letters of Major Thomas J Goree

Cutrer, Thomas W.

One of the Confederacy's most loyal adherents and articulate advocates was Lieutenant Grant James Longstreet's aide-de-camp, Thomas Jewett Goree. Present at Longstreet's...


The False Cause
The False Cause

Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory

Domby, Adam H.

The Lost Cause ideology that emerged after the Civil War and flourished in the early twentieth century in essence sought to recast a struggle to perpetuate slavery as a heroic...


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