Virginia's Civil War

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The twenty essays collected here explore the Virginia story throughout the Civil War era. Some contributors examine Robert E. Lee and the issues confronting his men, such as soldier morale and religious conversion. Others emphasize the wartime home front - in some cases reexamining its connection with the battlefront - or explore questions of gender, race, or religion. Several essays extend the story into the postwar years and consider various Virginia individuals or groups in the context of the conflict's aftermath. Building on current knowledge, but often contesting conventional thinking, the essays give the most comprehensive view yet of Civil War Virginia, and suggest avenues of inquiry that remain to be explored.
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Editorial Reviews

Civil War News

"Wyatt-Brown and Wallenstein, as well as the contributors to this volume, deserve much praise, for they did their work well and have produced an impressive book that covers a wide range of topics related to the social and cultural history of the Civil War era.... [F]or those looking for a book that will help them better understand the world beyond the battlefield, this exceptional volume of essays is highly recommended."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813923154
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,496,215
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The malleable man : Robert E. Lee in the American mind 9
Robert E. Lee : myth and man 19
Robert E. Lee and the concept of honor 28
A man of constant sorrow : the enduring enigma of Robert E. Lee 45
Slavery, nation, and ideology : Virginians on the grand tour in the 1850s 61
Reluctant Protestant Confederates : the religious roots of conditional Unionism 72
Christian love and marital violence : Baptists and war - danger and opportunity 87
Religious belief and troop motivation : "for the smiles of my blessed saviour" 101
Promoting the Confederate nation : the Southern illustrated news and the Civil War 114
War comes home : Confederate women and Union soldiers 123
Race and retaliation : the capture of African Americans during the Gettysburg campaign 137
Queen Victoria's refugees : Afro-Virginians and Anglo-Confederate diplomacy 152
Reading Marlboro Jones : a Georgia slave in Civil War Virginia 165
Interracial love, Virginians' lies, and Donald McCaig's Jacob's ladder 176
The Freedman's Bureau School in Lexington versus "General Lee's boys" 189
Contested Unionism : William Pattie and the Southern Claims Commission 201
Navigating modernity : the Bible, the new South. and Robert Lewis Dabney 216
Surviving defeat : the trials of "Mrs. Ex-President Tyler" 230
Gender relations in planter families : a postwar experiment and its lost legacy 243
To honor her noble sons : the Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg, 1866-1912 256
Afterword 271
App. 1 Conditions for remaining in the Union, March-April 1861 275
App. 2 The Virginia Secession Ordinance, April 1861 276
App. 3 "Slave narratives" of Virginia's Civil War 277
App. 4 Robert E. Lee in myth and memory 285
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