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

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

by Paul Christopher Anderson
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807152362
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
03/21/2006
Series:
Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
258
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

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

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