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Further Reminiscences of George S. Bernard and His Fellow Veterans

Bernard, George S., Newsome, Hampton, Horn, John, Selby, John G.

George S. Bernard was a Petersburg lawyer and member of the 12th Virginia Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. Over the course of his life, Bernard wrote extensively about...


The Big House after Slavery
The Big House after Slavery

Virginia Plantation Families and Their Postbellum Domestic Experiment

Morsman, Amy Feely

The Big House after Slavery examines the economic, social, and political challenges that Virginia planter families faced following Confederate defeat and emancipation....


Gold and Freedom
Gold and Freedom

The Political Economy of Reconstruction

Barreyre, Nicolas

Historians have long treated Reconstruction primarily as a southern concern isolated from broader national political developments. Yet at its core, Reconstruction was a battle...


Yankee Correspondence
Yankee Correspondence

Civil War Letters between New England Soldiers and the Home Front

Silber, Nina, Sievens, Mary Beth

These letters by New England soldiers and their families, many published for the first time, speak of the hardships of the war, especially frustrations with the army, homefront...


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...


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...


Lee's Young Artillerist
Lee's Young Artillerist

William R J Pegram

Carmichael, Peter S.

William R. J. Pegram forged a record as one of the most prominent artillerists in the Army of Northern Virginia. He participated in every major battle in Virginia and rose form...


A Strife of Tongues
A Strife of Tongues

The Compromise of 1850 and the Ideological Foundations of the American Civil War

Maizlish, Stephen E.

Near the end of a nine-month confrontation preceding the Compromise of 1850, Abraham Venable warned his fellow congressmen that "words become things." Indeed, in politics—then...


Worth a Dozen Men
Worth a Dozen Men

Women and Nursing in the Civil War South

Hilde, Libra R.

In antebellum society, women were regarded as ideal nurses because of their sympathetic natures. However, they were expected to exercise their talents only in the home; nursing...


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...


Take Care of the Living
Take Care of the Living

Reconstructing Confederate Veteran Families in Virginia

McClurken, Jeffrey W.

Take Care of the Living assesses the short- and long-term impact of the war on Confederate veteran families of all classes in Pittsylvania County and Danville, Virginia...


American Abolitionism
American Abolitionism

Its Direct Political Impact from Colonial Times into Reconstruction

Harrold, Stanley

This ambitious book provides the only systematic examination of the American abolition movement’s direct impacts on antislavery politics from colonial times to the Civil War...


Lincoln's Dilemma
Lincoln's Dilemma

Blair, Sumner, and the Republican Struggle over Racism and Equality in the Civil War Era

Escott, Paul D.

The Civil War forced America finally to confront the contradiction between its founding values and human slavery. At the center of this historic confrontation was Abraham...


Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass

A Life in Documents

Douglass, Frederick, Barnes, L. Diane

Frederick Douglass was born enslaved in February 1818, but from this most humble of beginnings, he rose to become a world-famous orator, newspaper editor, and champion of the...


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...


Confederate Visions
Confederate Visions

Nationalism, Symbolism, and the Imagined South in the Civil War

Binnington, Ian

Nationalism in nineteenth-century America operated through a collection of symbols, signifiers citizens could invest with meaning and understanding. In Confederate Visions...


The Enemy Within
The Enemy Within

Fears of Corruption in the Civil War North

Smith, Michael Thomas

Stoked by a series of major scandals, popular fears of corruption in the Civil War North provide a unique window into Northern culture in the Civil War era. In The Enemy...


Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in Civil War Virginia
Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in Civil War Virginia
Jordan, Ervin L., Jr.

On the eve of the Civil War, more Afircan-Americans lived in Virginia than in any other state- 490,000 slaves and 59,000 free blacks- and they were active participants in the...


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...


Reconstructing the Campus
Reconstructing the Campus

Higher Education and the American Civil War

Cohen, Michael David

The Civil War transformed American life. Not only did thousands of men die on battlefields and millions of slaves become free; cultural institutions reshaped themselves in the...


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...


Lincoln's Tragic Admiral
Lincoln's Tragic Admiral

The Life of Samuel Francis Du Pont

Weddle, Kevin J.

Once revered as one of the finest officers in the U.S. Navy, Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont is now, when remembered at all, criticized for resisting technological...


War upon Our Border
War upon Our Border

Two Ohio Valley Communities Navigate the Civil War

Rockenbach, Stephen I.

War upon Our Border examines the experiences of two Ohio River Valley communities during the turmoil and social upheaval of the American Civil War. Although on opposite...


Preserving the White Man's Republic
Preserving the White Man's Republic

Jacksonian Democracy, Race, and the Transformation of American Conservatism

Lynn, Joshua A.

In Preserving the White Man’s Republic, Joshua Lynn reveals how the national Democratic Party rebranded majoritarian democracy and liberal individualism as conservative...


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...


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