Blood Image: Turner Ashby in the Civil War and the Southern Mind

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With Blood Image, Paul Anderson shows that the symbol of a man can be just as important as the man himself. Turner Ashby was one of the most famous fighting men of the Civil War. Rising to colonel of the 7th Virginia Cavalry, Ashby fought brilliantly under Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson during the 1862 Shenandoah Valley campaign until he died in battle. Anderson demonstrates that Ashby's image — a catalytic, mesmerizing, and often contradictory combination of southern antebellum cultural ideals and wartime hopes ...

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With Blood Image, Paul Anderson shows that the symbol of a man can be just as important as the man himself. Turner Ashby was one of the most famous fighting men of the Civil War. Rising to colonel of the 7th Virginia Cavalry, Ashby fought brilliantly under Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson during the 1862 Shenandoah Valley campaign until he died in battle. Anderson demonstrates that Ashby's image — a catalytic, mesmerizing, and often contradictory combination of southern antebellum cultural ideals and wartime hopes and fears — emerged during his own lifetime and was not a later creation of the Lost Cause. The stylistic synergy of Anderson's startling narrative design fuels a poignant irony: men like Ashby — a chivalrous, charismatic "knight" who had difficulty complying with Stonewall Jackson's authority — become trapped by the desire to have their real lives reflect their imagined ones.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780807131619
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 3/21/2006
  • Series: Conflicting Worlds
  • Pages: 258
  • Sales rank: 1,430,355
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Paul Christopher Anderson is an associate professor of history and Alumni Master Teacher at Clemson University.

Paul Christopher Anderson is an associate professor of history and Alumni Master Teacher at Clemson University.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2008

    Stained Image: Turner Ashby in the Civil War and the Northern Mind

    Well footnoted, but author's opinionated view of Southern culture makes it a difficult read at some points. Facts are well presented and documented. Text comes across as a non-Southerner trying to define life in the South through their interpretation, sometimes abrasively politically correct. I would not rate as the definitive book on Turner Ashby. It could have been.

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