War's Cost: The Hites' Civil War

War's Cost: The Hites' Civil War

by Dr. Eugene DeFriest Bétit

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Overview

Despite an extraordinary number of Civil War studies, scholars continue to mine new resources to understand how Americans could sustain such vicious combat for four long years. Focusing on the grandsons of Major Isaac Hite, founder of Belle Grove (and brother-in-law of James Madison, author of both the Bill of Rights and the Constitution), Bétit analyzes the motivating factors that led those even of pre-military age to enlist, using a relatively new tool, Ancestry.com, to obtain new data. The book examines Southern education, slavery, the First Families of Virginia and the settlement and development of the Shenandoah Valley to understand the intense combat in that critical theater of operations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781530062713
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/05/2016
Pages: 140
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Dr. Eugene DeFriest Bétit served twenty years in the US Army as a military intelligence analyst and German and Russian linguist. After selection for the Soviet Foreign Area Officer's program, he studied Russian in California, Garmisch, Germany, and Georgetown University. where he received a MA and Ph. D.

Bétit and his wife Sheila live on Lake Holiday near Winchester, Virginia, having lived in Arlington 35 years. He is a docent at Belle Grove, a volunteer with the National Park Service at Cedar Creek and is the librarian for the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation

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