Intimate Strategies of the Civil War: Military Commanders and Their Wives / Edition 1

Intimate Strategies of the Civil War: Military Commanders and Their Wives / Edition 1

by Carol K. Bleser, Lesley J. Gordon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195330854

ISBN-13: 9780195330854

Pub. Date: 09/01/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

From Robert E. and Mary Lee to Ulysses S. and Julia Grant, Intimate Strategies of the Civil War examines the marriages of twelve prominent military commanders, highlighting the impact wives had on their famous husbands' careers.

Carol K. Bleser and Lesley J. Gordon assemble an impressive array of leading scholars to explore the marriages of six Confederate

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From Robert E. and Mary Lee to Ulysses S. and Julia Grant, Intimate Strategies of the Civil War examines the marriages of twelve prominent military commanders, highlighting the impact wives had on their famous husbands' careers.

Carol K. Bleser and Lesley J. Gordon assemble an impressive array of leading scholars to explore the marriages of six Confederate and six Union commanders. Contributors reveal that, for many of these men, the matrimonial bond was the most important relationship in their lives, one that shaped (and was shaped by) their military experience. In some cases, the commanders' spouses proved relentless and skillful promoters of their husbands' careers. Jessie Fremont drew on all of her connections as the daughter of former Senator Thomas Hart Benton to aid her modestly talented husband John. Others bolstered their military spouses in less direct ways. For example, Ulysses S. Grant's relationship with Julia (a Southerner and former slave owner herself) kept him anchored in stormy times. Here, too, are tense and tempestuous pairings, such William Tecumseh Sherman and his wife Ellen--his foster sister before becoming his wife--and Jefferson Davis's fascinatingly complex bond with Varina, further complicated by the hostile rumors about the two in Richmond society. Throughout, these historians paint remarkably intimate portraits of their subjects, ranging from hints of sexual passion, to the wives' fierce protectiveness of their husbands' reputations, to the surprisingly frequent visits of spouses to the front lines and battlefields. Readers will see these famed men in a way that they perhaps never considered: not merely as famous leaders, but as lovers, husbands and fathers.

Illuminating a frequently neglected but extremely significant side of military history, Intimate Strategies is a must-read for anyone seeking fresh perspective on some of the war's best known commanders and a landmark contribution to Civil War history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195330854
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Editors' Introduction
1The Marriage of Varina Howell and Jefferson Davis: A Portrait of the President and the First Lady of the Confederacy3
2The Lee Marriage32
3"A Sweet Solace to My Lonely Heart": "Stonewall" and Mary Anna Jackson and the Civil War49
4"Cupid Does Not Readily Give Way to Mars": The Marriage of LaSalle Corbell and George E. Pickett69
5"All Say They Are under Petticoat Government": Lizinka Campbell Brown and Richard S. Ewell87
6The Marriage of Amelia Gayle and Josiah Gorgas104
7A Marriage Tested by War: Ulysses and Julia Grant123
8General and Mrs. William T. Sherman, a Contentious Union138
9The Reconstruction of "Home": The Civil War and the Marriage of Lawrence and Fannie Chamberlain157
10The Civil War Partnership of Elizabeth and George A. Custer178
11Permutations of a Marriage: John Charles and Jessie Benton Fremont's Civil War Alliance199
12"A Good Wife, the Best Friend in the World": The Marriage of Elizabeth Blair and S. Phillips Lee225
Notes243
Authors' Biographies291

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