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A Burden Too Heavy to Bear: War Trauma, Suicide, and Confederate Soldiers

Diane Miller Sommerville

in Aberration of Mind: Suicide and Suffering in the Civil War-Era South

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781469643304
eISBN:
9781469643588
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643304.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Examines the psychological impact of the Civil War on Confederate soldiers who suffered debilitating psychological and emotional wounds that sometimes resulted in institutionalization in insane ... More


The Trophies of Victory and the Relics of Defeat: Returning Home in the Spring of 1865

Peter S. Carmichael (ed.)

in War Matters: Material Culture in the Civil War Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781469643205
eISBN:
9781469643229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643205.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

As the war drew to a close in Virginia, veterans from both armies collected relics to validate their service to their respective causes. They gathered many different objects, such as tree branches, ... More


Hard Times: The Irish on the Home Front

David T. Gleeson

in The Green and the Gray: The Irish in the Confederate States of America

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9781469607566
eISBN:
9781469612508
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469607566.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter describes the support for Irish Confederate soldiers. Support from home was vital both for encouraging Irish soldiers to stay in the army and to highlight to native white southerners ... More


The Influence and Zeal of Woman: Ladies' Memorial Associations during Radical Reconstruction, 1867–1870

Caroline E. Janney

in Burying the Dead but Not the Past: Ladies' Memorial Associations and the Lost Cause

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807831762
eISBN:
9781469602226
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807882702_janney.7
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter discusses the series of Reconstruction Acts passed by Congress in March of 1867, prompted by former Confederate soldiers parading through the streets, the southern press's tirade against ... More


Soldiers

James J. Broomall

in Private Confederacies: The Emotional Worlds of Southern Men as Citizens and Soldiers

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781469651989
eISBN:
9781469649771
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651989.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

As southern men transitioned to becoming soldiers in the Confederate Army, they increasingly began to identify as soldiers. Military attire distinguished soldiers from citizens and established ... More


We Will Finish the War Here: Confederate Morale in the Petersburg Trenches, June and July 1864

M. Keith Harris

in Cold Harbor To the Crater: The End of the Overland Campaign

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469625331
eISBN:
9781469625355
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625331.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

M. Keith Harris examines morale among Confederate soldiers in the trenches around Petersburg. Despite common perceptions among later historians that the siege marked the beginning of an inevitable ... More


The Black Flag and Confederate Soldiers: Total War from the Bottom Up?

Michael J. Bennett

in This Distracted and Anarchical People: New Answers for Old Questions about the Civil War-Era North

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823245680
eISBN:
9780823252664
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823245680.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This essay contends that there are inconsistencies in the Freedom School's interpretation of the Civil War as simultaneously a redemptive national conflict and the first modern total war. Examining ... More


A Convulsion at Appomattox: Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, and the Uneasy Peace

David Silkenat

in Raising the White Flag: How Surrender Defined the American Civil War

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781469649726
eISBN:
9781469649740
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469649726.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter examines Robert E. Lee's surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse. It explores Lee's decision to surrender, their meeting at the McLean ... More


Nature's Civil War: Common Soldiers and the Environment in 1862 Virginia

Kathryn Shively Meier

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9781469610764
eISBN:
9781469612607
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9781469610771_Meier
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

In the Shenandoah Valley and Peninsula Campaigns of 1862, Union and Confederate soldiers faced unfamiliar and harsh environmental conditions—strange terrain, tainted water, swarms of flies and ... More


Fort Jackson and the Defense of New Orleans

Gary W. Gallagher

in Mutiny at Fort Jackson: The Untold Story of the Fall of New Orleans

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807832288
eISBN:
9781469606187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807887028_pierson.5
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter discusses the mutiny of the troops stationed at Fort Jackson against their officers. The Confederate soldiers in Fort St. Philip may have sympathized with the mutineers, but even without ... More


Occupied at Home: Women Confront Confederate Forces in North Carolina's Quaker Belt

Victoria E. Bynum

in The Long Shadow of the Civil War: Southern Dissent and Its Legacies

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833810
eISBN:
9781469604145
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807898215_bynum.7
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter discusses Franny Jordan and how she followed a “squad of soldiers” who had seized her teenaged son with the intention of forcing him into the Confederate Army. Fearful of what lay ahead, ... More


Introduction: Choosing War

Gary W. Gallagher

in Why Confederates Fought: Family and Nation in Civil War Virginia

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807831588
eISBN:
9781469605203
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807887653_sheehan-dean.4
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This book focuses on one of the fundamental questions about the American Civil War: Why did nonslaveholders sacrifice so much to build a slave republic? Nonslaveholders' commitment was not marginal; ... More


Aberration of Mind: Suicide and Suffering in the Civil War-Era South

Diane Miller Sommerville

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781469643304
eISBN:
9781469643588
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643304.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Aberration of Mind is a social history of suicide in the American South during the Civil War era. The book casts a wide net, focusing on Confederate soldiers and veterans and their families, and the ... More


“It cant be cald stealin’”: Customary Law among Civil War Soldiers

Thomas C. Mackey

in Making Legal History: Essays in Honor of William E. Nelson

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814725269
eISBN:
9780814708286
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814725269.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter explores the cognitive dissonance that Civil War soldiers experienced as they left their ordinary lives, suffused with customary common-law understandings of property, and entered the ... More


Private Confederacies: The Emotional Worlds of Southern Men as Citizens and Soldiers

James J. Broomall

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781469651989
eISBN:
9781469649771
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651989.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

How did the Civil War, emancipation, and Reconstruction shape the masculinity of white Confederate veterans? As James J. Broomall shows, the crisis of the war forced a reconfiguration of the ... More


Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War's Most Persistent Myth

Kevin M. Levin

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781469653266
eISBN:
9781469653280
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653266.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

More than 150 years after the end of the Civil War, scores of websites, articles, and organizations repeat claims that anywhere between 500 and 100,000 free and enslaved African Americans fought ... More


Slaveholding

Joseph T. Glatthaar

in Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia: A Statistical Portrait of the Troops Who Served under Robert E. Lee

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834923
eISBN:
9781469603056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807877869_glatthaar.16
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter shows how the percentage of personal and family slaveowners tells us much about their background and little of their motivations. However, if we accept the idea that individuals owned ... More


Faulkner and Material Culture

Joseph R. Urgo and Ann J. Abadie (eds)

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617037122
eISBN:
9781604731637
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617037122.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Photographs, lumber, airplanes, hand-hewn coffins—in every William Faulkner novel and short story, worldly material abounds. This book provides a fresh understanding of the things Faulkner brought ... More


Confederates in the Hispanic Attic: The Archive against Itself

Rodrigo Lazo

in Unsettled States: Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479857722
eISBN:
9781479818334
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479857722.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter looks at the recent publication of data documenting the contributions of Hispanic Confederate soldiers to the war effort, which contradicts the Hispanic archive's self-image as it has ... More


Midnight in America: Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War

Jonathan W. White

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781469632049
eISBN:
9781469632063
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632049.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

The Civil War brought upheaval to America, not only in waking hours, but also at night. Sleeplessness plagued the Union and Confederate armies, and dreams of war glided through the sleeping brains of ... More


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