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The Edge of The South
The Edge of The South
Ayers, Edward L.

Edward L. Ayers is Associate Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Vengeance and Justice: Crime and Punishment in the Nineteenth-Century...


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...


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...


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...


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...


The Struggle for Equality
The Struggle for Equality

Essays on Sectional Conflict, the Civil War, and the Long Reconstruction

Burton, Orville Vernon, Podair, Jerald, Weber, Jennifer L.

This collection of essays, organized around the theme of the struggle for equality in the United States during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, also serves to honor the...


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...


Southern Rights
Southern Rights

Political Prisoners and the Myth of Confederate Constitutionalism

Neely, Mark E., Jr.

On the day Fort Sumter surrendered to Confederate authorities, General Braxton Bragg reacted to a newspaper report that might have revealed the position of gun emplacements by...


Designing Dixie
Designing Dixie

Tourism, Memory, and Urban Space in the New South

Hillyer, Reiko

Although many white southerners chose to memorialize the Lost Cause in the aftermath of the Civil War, boosters, entrepreneurs, and architects in southern cities believed that...


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...


Apostles of Disunion
Apostles of Disunion

Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War

Dew, Charles B.

In late 1860 and early 1861, state-appointed commissioners traveled the length and breadth of the slave South carrying a fervent message in pursuit of a clear goal: to persuade...


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...


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...


Bloody Promenade
Bloody Promenade

Reflections on a Civil War Battle

Cushman, Stephen

On 5 and 6 May 1864, the Union and Confederate armies met near an unfinished railroad in central Virginia, with Lee outmanned and outgunned, hoping to force Grant to fight in...


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...


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...


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...


Civil War Virginia
Civil War Virginia

Battleground for a Nation

Robertson, James I., Jr.

This book by aclaimed author, James I. Robertson, Jr., is a comprehensive guide book to all the major Civil War sties in Virginia. Robertson has put together a handy volume...


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...


Becoming Lincoln
Becoming Lincoln
Freehling, William W.

Shortlisted for the 2018 Lincoln Prize

Previous biographies of Abraham Lincoln—universally acknowledged as one of America’s greatest presidents—have typically focused...


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...


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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Intimate Reconstructions
Intimate Reconstructions

Children in Postemancipation Virginia

Jones, Catherine A.

In Intimate Reconstructions, Catherine Jones considers how children shaped, and were shaped by, Virginia’s Reconstruction. Jones argues that questions of how to define,...


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...


The Worst Passions of Human Nature
The Worst Passions of Human Nature

White Supremacy in the Civil War North

Escott, Paul D.

The American North’s commitment to preventing a southern secession rooted in slaveholding suggests a society united in its opposition to slavery and racial inequality. The...


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