With Fire and Sword: Arkansas, 1861-1874 / Edition 1

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Overview


When Arkansas seceded from the Union in 1861, it was a thriving state. But the Civil War and Reconstruction left it reeling, impoverished, and so deeply divided that it never regained the level of prosperity it had previously enjoyed. Although most of the major battles of the war occurred elsewhere, Arkansas was critical to the Confederate war effort in the vast Trans-Mississippi region, and Arkansas soldiers served—some for the Union and more for the Confederacy—in every major theater of the war. And the war within the state was devastating. Union troops occupied various areas, citizens suffered greatly from the war's economic disruption, and guerilla conflict and factional tensions left a bitter legacy. Reconstruction was in many ways a continuation of the war as the prewar elite fought to regain economic and political power. In this, the fourth volume in the Histories of Arkansas series, Thomas DeBlack not only describes the major players and events in this dramatic and painful story, but also explores the experiences of ordinary people. Although the historical evidence is complex—and much of the secondary literature is extraordinarily partisan—DeBlack offers a balanced, vivid overview of the state's most tumultuous period.
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"DeBlack offers the first serious synthesis and overview of a field that has seen significant innovative and revisionist work over the last two decades. He has produced a book that will prove fascinating both to historians and to general readers." —Carl Moneyhon, author of The Impact of the Civil War and Reconstruction on Arkansas: Persistence in the Midst of Ruin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557287403
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Series: Histories of Arkansas Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 974,741
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Thomas A. DeBlack is an associate professor of history at Arkansas Tech University. He is co-author of Arkansas: A Narrative History and the co-editor of The Southern Elite and Social Change: Essays in Honor of Willard B. Gatewood.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Ch. 1 Prelude to War: Arkansas at Midcentury 1
Ch. 2 "I Have Come to Drive Out the Invaders": The War in 1861-62 29
Ch. 3 "The Very Spirit of Destruction": The War in 1863 75
Ch. 4 "What Is to Become of Us?": The War in 1864-65 104
Ch. 5 "Liberty and Justice Must Eventually Prevail": The Beginning of Reconstruction, 1865-68 146
Ch. 6 "Good Healthy Square, Honest Killing": The Militia War, 1868-69 174
Ch. 7 "A Harnessed Revolution": The End of Reconstruction, 1869-74 201
Selected Sources 235
Index 247
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