Fialka, David Brown, Patrick J. Hulbert, John C. Inscoe, Rod Andrew Jr. Most Americans are familiar with major Civil War battles such as Manassas Bull Run , Shiloh, and Gettysburg, which have been extensively analyzed by generations of historians. However, not all of the war's engagements were fought in a conventional manner by regular forces. Often referred to as "the wars within the war," guerrilla combat touched states from Virginia to New Mexico. Guerrillas fought for the Union, the Confederacy, their ethnic groups, their tribes, and their families.
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They were deadly forces that plundered, tortured, and terrorized those in their path, and their impact is not yet fully understood. In this richly diverse volume, Joseph M. Hulbert assemble a team of both rising and eminent scholars to examine guerrilla warfare in the South during the Civil War. Together, they discuss irregular combat as practiced by various communities in multiple contexts, including how it was used by Native Americans, the factors that motivated raiders in the border states, and the women who participated as messengers, informants, collaborators, and combatants.
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They also explore how the Civil War guerrilla has been mythologized in history, literature, and folklore. The Civil War Guerrilla sheds new light on the ways in which thousands of men, women, and children experienced and remembered the Civil War as a conflict of irregular wills and tactics. Through thorough research and analysis, this timely book provides readers with a comprehensive examination of the guerrilla soldier and his role in the deadliest war in U. Joseph M. Matthew C. John C. Inscoe, professor at the University of Georgia, is the author or editor of numerous books, including Appalachians and Race: The Mountain South from Slavery to Segregation.
The essays in this collection explain the nature and logic of guerrilla actions in the Civil War and push scholars in new directions to investigate this central problem.
The scholarship presented in this volume is fresh, well-researched and provocatively presented. The Civil War Guerrilla effectively injects race, region, and memory into our collective consciousness of guerrilla warfare, and the book is a must-read for academics, students, and Civil War enthusiasts.
In this exciting volume are innovative methods, new comparisons, fresh perspectives, and an unfamiliar cast of characters. Its pages preview the future directions of historical scholarship on guerrillas and irregular warfare.
Ranging from Virginia to the desert Southwest, diverse in methodology, and as attuned to the manufactured mythology of the black flag as to its complicated reality, The Civil War Guerrilla is a signal achievement of the conflict's sesquicentennial. By asking new questions, posing new solutions, even employing new technologies, the authors show conclusively that the irregular conflict was something more than a "side-show" of the Civil War. Sutherland, University of Arkansas. Historians increasingly acknowledge that irregular warfare was in fact "decisive" to the conflict; but these authors further probe the motivations, narratives and memories by the guerrillas themselves.
This is a vitally important book for all historians of the Civil War era. This failure seems even more curious because one of the prominent characteristics of the southern literary mind, at least of the white literary mind, has been the compulsive remembrance of the Civil War. But the southern writer—and this would appear to be a primary reason for the want of a southern War and Peace—has been less concerned to reconstruct the actual time of the struggle than to recount the consequent loss of the antebellum southern culture and, in the response to this loss, the creation of a postbellum culture of survival.
Even the earliest southern writing about the Civil War, in the period from the firing on Fort Sumter to the final surrender, produced no treatment of the war comparable to Walt Whitman's Drum-Taps or Herman Melville's Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War In contrast to these limited but distinctive representations of marching and fighting, the best southern poet of the time, Henry Timrod , wrote celebratory poems about the birth and mission of the Confederacy—"Ethnogenesis," "The Cotton Bowl," "Carolina," "A Cry to Arms"—and reached his highest poetic achievement with the exquisite classical "Ode," written to be sung at a memorial service in Charleston's Magnolia Cemetery for the dead of a lost war.
Thompson, editor of the Southern Literary Messenger from to ; and "Little Giffen," a popular sentimental ballad about a Confederate soldier by Francis Orray Ticknor. The most effective literature of the Confederacy remained largely unknown for a generation or longer in journals, diaries, and letters.
Published in under the title A Confederate Girl's Diary , Dawson's account of the war years as she witnessed them in Louisiana's capital city of Baton Rouge and in New Orleans is informed by a perceptive eye for detail and a lively intelligence; brought out in under the title Brokenburn: The Journal of Kate Stone , Stone's record of life on a northern Louisiana plantation and later, after the flight of her family from federal invaders, in the east Texas town of Tyler, is also marked by a penchant for realistic detail.
The Dawson and Stone works are surpassed in both literary and historical importance by the account of the Charleston aristocracy during the Confederate period by Mary Boykin Chesnut.
First published in and again in as A Diary from Dixie , Chesnut's work took on a new significance when C. Vann Woodward, after careful study of the manuscripts, concluded that the diary was written not in the s but between and , its basis being a journal Chesnut had kept intermittently in the era of the Confederacy.
Published in as Mary Chesnut's Civil War , Woodward's edition of the presumed diary shows that it is essentially an incipient novel. Yet while the motive to make her journal into a work of art reduces Chesnut's reliability as a factual witness, Woodward observes, it enhances her depiction of "the chaos and complexity of a society at war" and endows individual lives across the whole Confederate social spectrum with dramatic reality. A similar power to invest the age of the Civil War with graphic reality emanates from the extensive correspondence of the Jones family of Liberty County, Ga.
As collected and edited by Robert Manson Myers in The Children of Pride: A True Story of Georgia and the Civil War , the Jones family documents constitute the most remarkable epistolary record yet discovered of a southern family in the years immediately before, during, and after the Civil War. Possessing a literary quality conferred both by well-educated minds and by a deep feeling for the drama of life, the Jones letters belong on the shelf of the best southern writing. Of greater significance, however, is "The History of a Campaign That Failed" Century Magazine , , a quasi-fictional memoir in which Mark Twain, a private in a hastily organized volunteer Confederate unit in Missouri, describes his enlistment, brief service, and desertion.
By implication a profound questioning of the meaning of war as a social institution "The History of a Campaign That Failed" is unique in southern writing about the Civil War.
Except insofar as A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court can be interpreted as a reflection on the Civil War, Mark Twain did not use the war as a subject for his stories and novels. In fact, although Sidney Lanier in his hastily composed Tiger-Lilies attempted to use his war experiences as the basis of a novel critical of war, southern postbellum fiction largely followed the romantic pattern established by John Esten Cooke in Surry of Eagle's Nest and Mohun