Mississippi's Civil War: A Narrative History

Mississippi's Civil War: A Narrative History

by Ben Wynne




This book begins with an introductory overview of the socio-political climate of the state of Mississippi during the 1850s and ends with a treatment of its post-war environment. In between, the work covers the pivotal events, issues, and personalities of the period. Wynne emphasizes the experiences of Mississippians—male and female, black and white—as they struggled to deal with the crisis. The political events leading to secession, Mississippians' initial enthusiasm for war, voices of dissent, the disbursement of troops in and out of the state, the home front, freedom for the slave community, waning enthusiasm (both in the military and on the home front) as the war dragged on, defeat, and the ultimate struggle to turn defeat into a moral victory through Lost Cause mythology are also discussed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780881465129
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Publication date: 01/30/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

A native of Florence, Mississippi, Ben Wynne serves as associate professor of History at the University of North Georgia. He is the author of A Hard Trip: A History of the 15th Mississippi Infantry,1861-1865 and other works related to the American South

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
List of Maps
A Tragic Evolution     1
The Call of My Country, 1861     34
In Defense of the State, 1862     58
The Turning Point, 1863     95
The End, 1864-1865     148
Reconstruction and Revision     178
Appendix     205
Bibliography     223
Index     237

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