The Confederate Nation: 1861 to 1865

The Confederate Nation: 1861 to 1865

Emory M. Thomas

Language: English

Pages: 416

ISBN: B0045U9WQ4

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The Confederate Nation has yet to be superseded as the standard title on the subject. ” —Journal of Southern History, 2007

“Incisive and insightful…. As good a short history of the Southern war effort was we have.” —T. Harry Williams, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lincoln and His Generals

Emory M. Thomas’s critically acclaimed chronicle of the Confederacy remains widely recognized as the standard history of the South during the Civil War. Now with a new introduction by the author, The Confederate Nation presents a high readable, highly personal portrait of the Southern experience during the Civil War. Thomas, renowned for his illuminating biographies of Robert E. Lee and other Southern generals, here delivers the definitive account of the political and military events that defined the nation during its period of greatest turmoil.

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Rouge, La., 1975); and Jon L. Wakelyn, Biographical Dictionary of the Confederacy (Westport, Conn., 1977). Besides these works, Thomas B. Alexander and Richard E. Beringer, Anatomy of the Confederate Congress (Nashville, Tenn., 1972), contains background data on individual members of the Congress. The standard guide to biographical literature is the Biography Index (New York, 1946-present), which provides an index of books and articles on American figures. For personal narratives there are

battles for Tennessee, 126 at Perryville, 164 at Shiloh, 146–147 Bulloch, James Dunwoody, 128, 129 and commercial war, 182–183 Bull Run, see Manassas (Bull Run) Burnside, Ambrose E. at Marye’s Heights, 165 at Roanoke Island, 121–122 bushwhacking, 247–249 Butler, Andrew P., 17 cabinet Davis sets up, 72–80 position on arming slaves, 293 proposal for Congressional seating, 195 reorganized, 148–149 Calhoun, John C., 29–32, 222 Cameron, Simon, 93 Campbell, John A., 81 Campbell, John

Arkansas. Even if the Southern nation failed to gain all the territory it had sought, the Sumter crisis had forced genuine self-determination of peoples. 1 Standard studies of the Sumter crisis include Samuel W. Crawford, The Genesis of the Civil War: The Story of Sumter, 1860–61 (New York, 1887); Roy Meredity, Storm Over Sumter (New York, 1957); W. A. Swanberg, First Blood (New York, 1958); and Abner Doubleday, Reminiscences of Forts Sumter and Moultrie in 1860–61 (New York, 1876). 2 The

Hunter had been congressman and senator: from Virginia, and by the time of the secession crisis, he was one of the most influential men in American politics. Hunter followed John C. Calhoun politically from Whig to Democratic Party and intellectually even after the South Carolinian’s death. In 1843, Hunter was chief among those who sought Calhoun’s election to the presidency; in 1860 Hunter himself was a candidate. Although he had no outstanding mental or physical gifts, Hunter was “sound,” and

because they equated Richmond’s capture with the collapse of the Confederacy, the Federals devoted massive amounts of time, manpower, and materiel to the project. The taking of Richmond promised quick victory; indeed when the city finally fell, the Confederacy followed. But the illusion of quick victory at Richmond cost the United States resources that might have been better spent elsewhere. For three years Richmond was a magnet that lured Federal armies onto killing grounds and sidetracked the

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