Civil War Arkansas: Beyond Battles and Leaders

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This collection of essays represents the best recent history written on Civil War activity in Arkansas. It illuminates the complexity of such issues as guerrilla warfare, Union army policies, and the struggles hetween white and black civilians and soldiers, and also shows that the war years were a time of great change and personal conflict for the citizens of the state, despite the absence of "great" battles or armies. All the essays, which have been previously published in scholarly journals, have been revised ...
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Overview


This collection of essays represents the best recent history written on Civil War activity in Arkansas. It illuminates the complexity of such issues as guerrilla warfare, Union army policies, and the struggles hetween white and black civilians and soldiers, and also shows that the war years were a time of great change and personal conflict for the citizens of the state, despite the absence of "great" battles or armies. All the essays, which have been previously published in scholarly journals, have been revised to reflect recent scholarship in the field. Each selection explores a military or social dimension of the war that has been largely ignored or which is unique to the war in Arkansas—gristmill destruction, military farm colonies, nitre mining operations, mountain clan skirmishes, federal plantation experiments, and racial atrocities and reprisals. Together, the essays provoke thought on the character and cost of the war away from the great battlefields and suggest the pervasive change wrought by its destructiveness. In the cogent introduction Daniel E. Sutherland and Anne J. Bailey set the historiographic record of the Civil War in Arkansas, tracing a line from the first writings through later publications to our current understanding. As a volume in The Civil War in the West series, Civil War Arkansas elucidates little-known but significant aspects of the war, encouraging new perspectives on them and focusing on the less studied western theater. As such, it will inform and challenge both students and teachers of the American Civil War.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557285652
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Series: Civil War in the West Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,395,293
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Anne J. Bailey has written four books, including The Chessboard of War: Sherman and Hood in the Autumn Campaigns of 1864 and Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Georgia in the Civil War. Currently serving as editor of the Society of Civil War Historians Newsletter and coeditor of the Great Campaigns of the Civil War series, Dr. Bailey teaches in the department of history and geography at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. A professor of history at the University of Arkansas and a nationally renowned Civil War scholar, Daniel E. Sutherland has previously published nine books, including Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville and Seasons of War for which he received both the Douglas Southall Freeman Award and the Laney Award.
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Series Editors' Preface
Introduction: The History and Historians of Arkansas's Civil War 1
Ch. 1 Henry McCulloch's Texans and the Defense of Arkansas in 1862 21
Ch. 2 Wartime Gristmill Destruction in Northwest Arkansas and Military Farm Colonies 31
Ch. 3 Bullets for Johnny Reb: Confederate Nitre and Mining Bureau in Arkansas 47
Ch. 4 A Semi-Savage State: The Image of Arkansas in the Civil War 85
Ch. 5 The Preacher, the Lawyer, and the Spoils of War 101
Ch. 6 Disloyalty and Class Consciousness in Southwestern Arkansas, 1862-1865 117
Ch. 7 Guerrillas: The Real War in Arkansas 133
Ch. 8 The Williams Clan: Mountain Farmers and Union Fighters in North Central Arkansas 155
Ch. 9 From Slave to Free Labor: The Federal Plantation Experiment in Arkansas 177
Ch. 10 Brother against Brother: The Winter Skirmishes along the Arkansas River, 1864-1865 195
Ch. 11 "We Cannot Treat Negroes ... as Prisoners of War": Racial Atrocities and Reprisals in Civil War Arkansas 213
Notes 231
Index 293
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