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Confederate Home Front: Montgomery During the Civil War / Edition 2

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Overview


With this superbly written, meticulously researched, and concisely argued study, Rogers has helped deepen our understanding of the Confederate civilian experience.

Drawing from a wealth of historic documents and personal papers, William Warren Rogers, Jr., provides a fascinating and detailed political, economic, social, and commercial history of Montgomery from 1860 to 1865. His account begins with an examination of daily life in the city before the war began-how slaves outnumbered whites, how an unvarnished frontier atmosphere prevailed on the streets despite citizens' claims to refinement, how lush crops of corn and cotton grew in fields right up to the city limits, and how class divisions were distinct and immovable.

Rogers arranges his material topically, covering the events that led to the decision for secession and Montgomery's heady days as the Confederacy's first capital; the industrialization of the city's war effort as it became a hub of activity and served as a military post; the city's business patterns and administration as it attempted to promote the Confederacy and defend itself from federal forces; and the plight of the small group of Unionists who inhabited Montgomery through the war. Rogers concludes with chapters examining the situation in Montgomery as the Confederacy unraveled and the city fell to Union troops.

The Montgomery experience offers a microcosm of life on the Confederate home front and demonstrates that citizens generally experienced the same hopes, deprivations, and tragedies that other Southerners did at this time. Rogers's well-written, comprehensive history of the wartime city makes an original contribution to Civil War homefront and community studies that should appeal to general readers and scholars alike.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"An admirable presentation of one Southern town's sojourn through the war, this is a valuable contribution to the field."
—American History

"An engaging account of Montgomery, AL, as the Confederacy's first capital and major rebel subsistence depot and railroad nexus. . . . [T]his book is crisply written, appropriately illustrated, and painstakingly researched."
—Library Journal

“Rogers’s work is superbly written, meticulously researched, and concisely argued.”   
—Civil War Regiments

Library Journal
In his new work, Rogers (Black Belt Scalawag: Charles Hays and the Southern Republicans in an Era of Reconstruction, LJ 8/93) provides an engaging account of Montgomery, AL, as the Confederacy's first capital (February to May 1861) and major rebel subsistence depot and railroad nexus. Rogers considers such aspects of Montgomery life as the effectiveness of city governments; the nature and extent of the contract work done by its businessmen and artisans for the Confederacy; the municipal constabulary's attempts to keep public order, control crime, and prevent price-gouging and hoarding; the spectrum of bawdy and respectable wartime entertainment; the hardships endured by the city's women; the contributions to the city's defense made by impressed slaves; and the charities undertaken by benevolent and interfaith societies. Rogers devotes an intriguing chapter to the plight of Union sympathizers. The final sections portray a city locked within a disintegrating nation and ripe for the taking. This book is crisply written, appropriately illustrated, and painstakingly researched--a fine effort, recommended for large public and academic libraries.--John Carver Edwards, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Athens Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Montgomery was the first capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War; this study depicts its political, economic, social, and commercial history from 1860 to 1865. Rogers (history, Gainsville College, GA) draws on historical documents and personal papers to provide an overview of the events that led to Alabama's secession and discuss such aspects of the city's wartime life as its business patterns and administration, efforts to promote the Confederate cause and defend the city from Union forces, and the plight of Unionists who remained in the city. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817311537
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

William Warren Rogers Jr., is Associate Professor of History at Gainesville College, Georgia.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Montgomery on the Eve of War 1
2 The Capital of the Confederacy 24
3 A Military Post 47
4 Life and Labor in Wartime 60
5 The Administration of a Confederate City 76
6 Waging War on the Home Front 89
7 Dissenting Voices 104
8 Military Preparations Deferred 116
9 The End Nears 126
10 A City Surrendered 138
Epilogue 152
Notes 157
Bibliography 185
Index 201
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