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Remembering Virginia's Confederates (Images of America Series)
     

Remembering Virginia's Confederates (Images of America Series)

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by Sean M. Heuvel, Col. J.E.B. Stuart IV U.S. Army (Retired) (Foreword by)
 

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The commonwealth of Virginia holds a prominent and distinguished place in American Civil War history. Home to the Confederacy's capital city of Richmond, more major battles were fought in Virginia than in any other state. The commonwealth also produced some of the war's most legendary and iconic figures, including Robert E. Lee, Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, and

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The commonwealth of Virginia holds a prominent and distinguished place in American Civil War history. Home to the Confederacy's capital city of Richmond, more major battles were fought in Virginia than in any other state. The commonwealth also produced some of the war's most legendary and iconic figures, including Robert E. Lee, Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, and J. E. B. Stuart. Images of America: Remembering Virginia's Confederates explores the Confederate military and government service of a wide array of Virginia residents, ranging from the most prominent generals, politicians, and spies to little-known enlisted men. It also acknowledges their dedication and sacrifice to a cause in which they strongly believed.

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Title: Author of a Book on Virginia's Confederates to Visit

Author: Clint Schemmer

Publisher: fredericksburg.com

Date: 3/25/10

Curious about the Confederacy, and Virginia's role in it? But you're pressed for time, and don't want to commit to days of reading?

Here's the book for you: "Remembering Virginia's Confederates," hot off the press at Arcadia Publishing.

This slender, tote-friendly volume offers a pictorial history of key people and places that gave the Old Dominion its enduring reputation in America's bloodiest conflict.

Author Sean M. Heuvel, a historian at Christopher Newport University, says he wanted to provide a quick glimpse into a wide range of enticing topics.

His book, which Arcadia has paired with a handsome set of postcards of period images, admirably fills a gap in the literature.

Heuvel will be at the Fredericksburg Area Museum this Saturday to sign copies of his work and meet people interested in the subject.

"I tried to be very analytical, to take a little of the emotion and politics out of it," he said in an interview this week. "The war caused wounds that have yet to fully heal. And it's worth exploring why Virginia contributed so heavily to the Confederate war effort.

"With the sesquicentennial close at hand, I hope to help start a dialogue about the war's true causes and consequences--to examine it from different vantage points, and to explore what it meant to American society."

Retired Army Col. J.E.B. Stuart IV encouraged and facilitated Heuvel's research, which unearthed a wide array of public and private collections.

Stuart, the great-grandson of the famed Confederate cavalry general, penned a gracious foreword in which he acknowledges continuing divisions over the war and calls for greater understanding about how it affected "not only one particular group, but all of them--Northern, Southern, white, and black."

Heuvel notes that many of Confederacy's top commanders hailed from Virginia, but also devotes chapters to lesser-known generals, enlisted men, Virginia politicians and the surviving veterans of the bloodshed.

The South's underappreciated navy gets a nod, as do some Virginia women.

The Fredericksburg area's Maury family and Brig. Gen. Hugh Mercer (grandson of the Revolutionary War patriot), Culpeper's A.P. Hill, and Westmoreland County's Lees all receive mention.

In all, the book makes a good gift, and offers a great jumping-off place for further study of a fascinating time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738566115
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
01/06/2010
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,318,782
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Sean M. Heuvel is a faculty member at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, where he teaches in the Department of Leadership and American Studies. He has spent several years researching Virginia's Civil War history and has compiled over 200 rare images for this volume from such sources as museums, government archives, and private collections. A graduate of the College of William and Mary and the University of Richmond, Heuvel is also the author of Arcadia Publishing's Christopher Newport University.

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Remembering Virginia's Confederates (Images of America Series) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
LPL More than 1 year ago
For anyone interested in Virginia's Civil War history, this book tells that story through period images gathered from major institutions and private family collections. The people and places depicted have been carefully researched, making this a good resource for historians as well as a good read. Author-historian Sean M. Heuvel has written a cogent overview of Virginia's participation in the war and structured the book as a gallery of images and personal histories. The foreword by Col. J.E.B. Stuart IV, U.S. Army (Retired)adds yet another perspective on Virginia's Civil War generation.