Confederates of Chappell Hill, Texas: Prosperity, Civil War and Decline

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Texas was the South's frontier in the antebellum period. During the 1850s, increasing numbers of Southern planters moved westward to settle, bringing with them large numbers of slaves. By 1860, slaves made up 30 percent of the Texas population. As the booming economy for cotton led the state's economic development, Texas became increasingly embroiled in the national debate on slavery.

This work is centered on the town of Chappell Hill, Texas, and its role in the Civil War. The book provides details about the area's pre-war prosperity as a center of wealth, influence and aristocracy and describes the angry fervor of the period leading up to the war. Through excerpts from correspondence and journals, it emphasizes the personal experiences of the soldiers, including their motivations for enlisting and their tales of duty. Post-war adventures are also offered as the author explores Texas resistance to Federal occupation, the town's yellow fever epidemic and a period of reconciliation as aging veterans gather at Blue-Gray reunions to reunite the nation.

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The Journal of Southern History
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"worthwhile...excellent photographs...the book surely is worth the tariff"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786419821
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/15/2004
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Chicoine is the author of numerous books on history. He lived in Texas for more than twenty-five years and now lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. His website can be accessed at

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Table of Contents

1 Texas secedes 13
2 Terry's Texas Rangers' first blood 28
3 Sibley's brigade and Waller's regiments 37
4 Hood's Texas brigade moves into action 45
5 Capture at Arkansas Post 58
6 Glory at Galveston 66
7 Marauding cavalry 75
8 Vicksburg and Gettysburg - the turning points 87
9 The Home Front 1863-1864 95
10 Eastern Tennessee Campaign 106
11 The Defense of Atlanta 118
12 The wilderness and Petersburg 129
13 The end of the war 136
14 Texas at the close of the war 144
15 Texas homecomings 155
16 Occupation and reconstruction 166
17 Yellow fever 181
18 National reconciliation 187
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