Virginia's Civil War

Virginia's Civil War

by Peter Wallenstein
     
 

In this collection of 20 papers presented in February 2002 at the joint Douglas Southall Freemen conference and a Southern Historical Association symposium at the University of Richmond, contributors examine what the Civil War meant to Virginia and Virginia meant to the Civil War. Focusing on Robert E. Lee, the war, and the period after the war, the papers' topics… See more details below

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In this collection of 20 papers presented in February 2002 at the joint Douglas Southall Freemen conference and a Southern Historical Association symposium at the University of Richmond, contributors examine what the Civil War meant to Virginia and Virginia meant to the Civil War. Focusing on Robert E. Lee, the war, and the period after the war, the papers' topics include the intentions of Lee and the myths surrounding him, his concept of honor, and his enduring enigma; the role of religion, reportage, and race in the war, the experiences of those of African descent in wartime diplomacy and at the home front, and the issue of interracial love in times of war; the various fates of "rehabilitative" organizations after the war, changes how Southern women viewed themselves, and the efforts to create a "New South." The editors have provided primary documents, including the Virginia succession ordinance and slave narratives. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813923154
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Publication date:
12/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,463,144
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Peter Wallenstein teaches history at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and is the author of Cradle of America: Four Centuries of Virginia History. Bertram Wyatt-Brown is Richard J. Milbauer Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of Florida and is currently a visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of The Shaping of Southern Culture: Honor, Grace, and War, 1760s–1880s.

University of Virginia Press

Table of Contents

Introduction1
The malleable man : Robert E. Lee in the American mind9
Robert E. Lee : myth and man19
Robert E. Lee and the concept of honor28
A man of constant sorrow : the enduring enigma of Robert E. Lee45
Slavery, nation, and ideology : Virginians on the grand tour in the 1850s61
Reluctant Protestant Confederates : the religious roots of conditional Unionism72
Christian love and marital violence : Baptists and war - danger and opportunity87
Religious belief and troop motivation : "for the smiles of my blessed saviour"101
Promoting the Confederate nation : the Southern illustrated news and the Civil War114
War comes home : Confederate women and Union soldiers123
Race and retaliation : the capture of African Americans during the Gettysburg campaign137
Queen Victoria's refugees : Afro-Virginians and Anglo-Confederate diplomacy152
Reading Marlboro Jones : a Georgia slave in Civil War Virginia165
Interracial love, Virginians' lies, and Donald McCaig's Jacob's ladder176
The Freedman's Bureau School in Lexington versus "General Lee's boys"189
Contested Unionism : William Pattie and the Southern Claims Commission201
Navigating modernity : the Bible, the new South. and Robert Lewis Dabney216
Surviving defeat : the trials of "Mrs. Ex-President Tyler"230
Gender relations in planter families : a postwar experiment and its lost legacy243
To honor her noble sons : the Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg, 1866-1912256
Afterword271
App. 1Conditions for remaining in the Union, March-April 1861275
App. 2The Virginia Secession Ordinance, April 1861276
App. 3"Slave narratives" of Virginia's Civil War277
App. 4Robert E. Lee in myth and memory285

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