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Diehard Rebels: The Confederate Culture of Invincibility

Diehard Rebels: The Confederate Culture of Invincibility

by Jason Phillips
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ISBN-13: 9780820334332
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 937,067
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

JASON PHILLIPS is an assistant professor of history at Mississippi State University. He has also taught at Texas A&M University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: Southern Invincibility and Confederate Defeat 1
1 The Smile of Providence: Confederate Religion and Invincibility 9
2 The Mask of Cain: Enemy Images in Rebel Minds 40
3 Without a Murmur: Confederate Endurance and the Immediate War 76
4 Gray Grapevines: Rumors and the Distant War 116
5 The Face of Surrender: Diehard Rebels in 1865 147
Conclusion: The Aftermath of Invincibility 178
Notes 191
Selected Bibliography 231
Index 251

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Henry_Berry More than 1 year ago
A mythos of invincibility was the source of the diehard experience of a significant proportion of Confederate military forces refusing to give up even though they suffered serious reversals and did not have the resources to ever overcome these. Decisive defeat at Gettysburg and Sherman's march through the South culminating in the capture of Atlanta were two such reversals coming after a couple of years of warfare during which the South had never managed to gain the upper hand despite some successes in early parts of the War. 'Elements that supported Confederate notions of invincibility--religion, stereotypes, combat, rumors, camaraderie, and more--formed the fabric of the diehard experience.' Phillips--assistant professor of history at Mississippi State U.--treats these different facets of this mythos of invincibility with cultural study of the Southern states, reading of historical circumstances, military analysis, and also letters, battle reports, and newspaper stories both feeding into the myth and subtly questioning it. Demonization of Northern troops played with a belief in the superiority of the Southern soldier. Rumors trumped facts, as when reports circulated that New Orleans had been retaken. Slanted or incomplete newspaper articles were seized upon as gospel. Confederate soldiers deified their generals and many generals and field officers developed strategies for prolonging combat as long as possible when a rational, objective assessment of circumstances would lead to the conclusion that defeat was inevitable. Phillips' book is engaging and illuminating for bringing together diverse material in support of his topic and in so doing, bringing out new perspectives on always interesting subjects such as cultural differences between North and South and the course of the Civil War.