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

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

by Thomas A. Deblack
     
 

ISBN-10: 1557287406

ISBN-13: 9781557287403

Pub. Date: 07/28/2003

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557287403
Publisher:
University of Arkansas Press
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Series:
Histories of Arkansas Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Ch. 1Prelude to War: Arkansas at Midcentury1
Ch. 2"I Have Come to Drive Out the Invaders": The War in 1861-6229
Ch. 3"The Very Spirit of Destruction": The War in 186375
Ch. 4"What Is to Become of Us?": The War in 1864-65104
Ch. 5"Liberty and Justice Must Eventually Prevail": The Beginning of Reconstruction, 1865-68146
Ch. 6"Good Healthy Square, Honest Killing": The Militia War, 1868-69174
Ch. 7"A Harnessed Revolution": The End of Reconstruction, 1869-74201
Selected Sources235
Index247

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