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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...


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...


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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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...


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...


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...


Gettysburg Contested
Gettysburg Contested

150 Years of Preserving America's Cherished Landscapes

Black, Brian

After the American Revolution, sites representing key events in American history were crucial to the young nation's efforts to formalize its story. Following 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...


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,...


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...


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...


Newest Born of Nations
Newest Born of Nations

European Nationalist Movements and the Making of the Confederacy

Tucker, Ann L.

From the earliest stirrings of southern nationalism to the defeat of the Confederacy, analysis of European nationalist movements played a critical role in how southerners...


A Fine Body of Men

The Orleans Light Horse, Louisiana Cavalry, 1861–1865

Moriarty, II, Donald Peter

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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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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 "...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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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