Military Necessity: Civil-Military Relations in the Confederacy

Military Necessity: Civil-Military Relations in the Confederacy

by Paul D. Escott
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275983137

ISBN-13: 9780275983130

Pub. Date: 02/28/2006

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Never before or since in American history have the needs and influence of the military weighed so heavily on society. Escott analyzes the militarization of life in the Confederacy and probes the relationships between military commanders, legislators, and Jefferson Davis and his administration. As the South struggled to wage an exhausting war against the North,

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Never before or since in American history have the needs and influence of the military weighed so heavily on society. Escott analyzes the militarization of life in the Confederacy and probes the relationships between military commanders, legislators, and Jefferson Davis and his administration. As the South struggled to wage an exhausting war against the North, military necessity increasingly determined policy and shaped all aspects of life. The military had an increasingly large impact not only on policy but also on events inside civil society. Military men played important roles in bringing about extensive social change, enforcing law and order, and placing significant restrictions on individual freedoms.

Ultimately the crisis of the Confederacy threatened both the constitutionalism that southern politicians long had cherished and a core principle of the tradition of civil control over the military. Key figures in the army also took the lead in urging the use of slaves as soldiers and promoting the idea of emancipation. With many portraits of high-ranking generals and civil officials and telling anecdotes that reveal the nature of their relationships, this book reveals the depth of the Confederacy's social, political, and military crisis and highlights what this crisis revealed about the foundations of Confederate society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275983130
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Series:
In War and in Peace: U.S. Civil-Military Relations Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Traditions for a New Nation

Policy-Making Produces Innovation and Controversy

The Politics of Command

Toward a Militarized Society

Military Power and Debility

Military Men and Civil Policy-Making

Desperate Proposals and Maintenance of Civil Supremacy

Citizens and Soldiers

Notes

Selected Bibliography

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