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The Accursed Ills I Cannot Bear: Confederate Veterans, Suicide, and Suffering in the Defeated South

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/9781469643304.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Confederate veterans returned home, many of them broken physically and mentally, their manhood obliterated. They suffered from war trauma, but also from the humiliation of defeat, the destruction of ... More


Retribution and Reconciliation

Robert Tracy McKenzie

in Lincolnites and Rebels: A Divided Town in the American Civil War

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195182941
eISBN:
9780199788897
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182941.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter focuses on the conclusion of the Civil War in Knoxville and the first couple of years of the troubled peace that followed. The return of Confederate and Union veterans led to numerous ... More


The Old Spirit Is Not Dying Out: The Memorial Associations' Renaissance, 1883–1893

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.9
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter discusses a strange occurrence in the spring of 1883; although the Hollywood Memorial Association (HMA) had made plans to decorate the graves, a newly formed veterans' organization, the ... More


Monuments Erected After The Civil War Centennial

William B. Lees and Frederick P. Gaske

in Recalling Deeds Immortal: Florida Monuments to the Civil War

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780813049960
eISBN:
9780813050423
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813049960.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Although the golden era of Civil War monument construction preceded the Civil War Centennial, monuments have continued to be placed in the Florida and other state landscapes at a relatively steady ... More


Camp Slaves and Pensions

Kevin M. Levin

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781469653266
eISBN:
9781469653280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653266.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Around 2,800 former camp slaves received pensions from former Confederate states. Although the total number was relatively small, these men remained a potent symbol within the Lost Cause narrative, ... More


Personal Reconstructions: Confederates as Citizens in the Post–Civil War South

James J. Broomall

in Creating Citizenship in the Nineteenth-Century South

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813044132
eISBN:
9780813046211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044132.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

The Civil War altered veterans’ mental and emotional landscapes and destabilized white southern manliness as it was socially constructed and understood. The surrender of Confederate armies did not ... More


Camp Slaves and the Lost Cause

Kevin M. Levin

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781469653266
eISBN:
9781469653280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653266.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

In the post war years and into the early 20th century, former camp slaves began attending veteran reunions. For example, Steve Perry was a former camp slave who regularly spoke at United Confederate ... 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


The Religion of the Lost Cause, Reloaded

James Hudnut-Beumler

in Strangers and Friends at the Welcome Table: Contemporary Christianities in the American South

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781469640372
eISBN:
9781469640396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640372.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter examines the ways the ancestral memory of Civil War service by such groups as the Sons of Confederate Veterans became hotly contested in the second decade of the 21st Century. What for ... More


Turning Camp Slaves into Black Confederate Soldiers

Kevin M. Levin

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781469653266
eISBN:
9781469653280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653266.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

By the 1990s, photographs of uniformed black men as well as pension applications in which the distinction between slave and soldier was sometimes clouded were perceived as evidence that there were ... More


An Uncertain Relationship: The Interaction of Soldiers and Civilians in 1865

Mark L. Bradley

in Bluecoats and Tar Heels: Soldiers and Civilians in Reconstruction North Carolina

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813125077
eISBN:
9780813135120
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813125077.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

After the surrender at the Bennett farm, the role of the U.S. Army shifted from conqueror to peacekeeper. The white North Carolinians became hopeless and disoriented after the defeat and some ... More


Introduction

Kevin M. Levin

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781469653266
eISBN:
9781469653280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653266.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

The introduction begins by discussing Edmund Ruffin, a pro-secession Virginian who published Anticipations of the Future, to Serve as Lessons for the Present Time, a novel in which the South secedes ... More


Conclusion

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/9781469651989.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

The evidence of period diaries contrasted with post-war writings shows that Confederate veterans’ attempts at emotional expression were vastly altered by their wartime experiences. The public face of ... More


Conclusion

David Silkenat

in Moments of Despair: Suicide, Divorce, and Debt in Civil War Era North Carolina

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834602
eISBN:
9781469603353
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807877951_silkenat.18
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This book concludes with the memoirs of John Brevard Alexander. In Reminiscences of the Past Sixty Years, the Confederate veteran and Mecklenburg County doctor fondly recalled his youth, a period he ... More


From “Lawrence County Negro” to National Hero: The Commemoration of Jesse Owens in Alabama

Barclay Key

in Destination Dixie: Tourism and Southern History

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780813042374
eISBN:
9780813043494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813042374.003.0003
Subject:
History, Cultural History

In a poignant essay about Jesse Owens—the world-renowned athlete who won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics—Barclay Key illustrates the difficulty of memorializing black historical figures ... More


. Mexican Sunset

Lee A. Craig

in Josephus Daniels: His Life and Times

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9781469606958
eISBN:
9781469608105
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469606958.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter focuses on a small group of young, reasonably well-heeled Confederate veterans from Pulaski, Tennessee, who created a fraternal organization that took its name from the Greek word ... More


“Lost by Being Found”: The Public and the Material Past in the Nineteenth-Century United States

James E. Snead

in Relic Hunters: Archaeology and the Public in Nineteenth- Century America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780198736271
eISBN:
9780191916854
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198736271.003.0011
Subject:
Archaeology, History and Theory of Archaeology

In the flurry of activity following the Centennial Exposition, the Kentucky Mummy’s onward journey to Washington went unremarked. Her addition to the national collection was eventually acknowledged ... More


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