People at War: Civilians and Soldiers in America's Civil War / Edition 1

People at War: Civilians and Soldiers in America's Civil War / Edition 1

by Scott Reynolds Nelson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195146557

ISBN-13: 2900195146553

Pub. Date: 01/03/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

A People at War refutes the popular belief that during the American Civil War the citizenry bent to the will of the nation's great military and political leaders. Capturing how the war rocked the lives of all segments of society, it argues that conflicts off the battlefield splintered society in the North and South, creating widespread chaos, guerrilla warfare, urban…  See more details below

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A People at War refutes the popular belief that during the American Civil War the citizenry bent to the will of the nation's great military and political leaders. Capturing how the war rocked the lives of all segments of society, it argues that conflicts off the battlefield splintered society in the North and South, creating widespread chaos, guerrilla warfare, urban riots, and unprecedented public outcry, which in turn drove the actions of the leaders who now define the era: Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, and Robert E. Lee.

The book also brings to life the full humanity of the war's participants-from women behind their plows to their husbands in army camps; from refugees from slavery to their former masters; from Mayflower descendants to freshly recruited Irish sailors. It describes how people confronted their own feelings about the war itself, and how they coped with emotional challenges (uncertainty, exhaustion, fear, guilt, betrayal, grief) as well as physical ones (displacement, poverty, illness, disfigurement). In addition, the authors examine how the West-and the dreams the Easterners attached to it-played a crucial role in a supposedly North-South conflict. A People at War stresses the war years, but also casts an eye at the tumultuous decades that preceded and followed. It is an ideal resource for American history courses focusing on the Civil War and Reconstruction.

About the Author:
Scott Nelson is Legum Professor of History at the College of William and Mary

About the Author:
Carol Sheriff is Associate Professor of History at the College of William and Mary

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900195146553
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/03/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384

Table of Contents


Introduction: A People at War     VIII
From Compromise to Chaos: 1854-1861
The Road to Bleeding Kansas     3
From Wigwam to War     38
The Changing Faces of War: 1861-1863
Friends and Foes: Early Recruits and Freedom's Cause, 1861-1862     61
Union Occupation and Guerrilla Warfare     85
Facing Death     105
Political, Military, and Diplomatic Remedies: 1862-1865
Two Governments Go to War: Southern Democracy and Northern Republicanism     129
Redefining the Rules of War: The Lieber Code     148
Diplomacy in the Shadows: Cannons, Sailors, and Spies     162
The War Hits Home: 1861-1865
We Need Men: Union Struggles over Manpower and Emancipation, 1863-1865     187
The Male World of the Camp: Domesticity and Discipline     214
"Cair, Anxiety, & Tryals": Life in the Wartime Union     231
War's Miseries: The Confederate Home Front     260
Rebuilding the Nation: 1865-1877
A Region Reconstructed and Unreconstructed: The Postwar South     295
A Nation Stitched Together: Westward Expansion and the Peace Treaty of 1877     315
Acknowledgments     333
Political Chronology     337
Military Chronology     343
Suggestions for Further Reading     349
Index     358

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