By James M. McPherson Embattled Rebel shows that it is too easy to diminish Davis because of his cause’s failure. In order to understand the Civil War and its outcome, it is essential to give Davis his due as a military leader and as the president of an aspiring Confederate nation. McPherson gives us Jefferson Davis as the commander in chief he really was, showing persuasively that while Davis did not win the war for the South, he was scarcely responsible for losing it. Hardcover 300 pages
Rebel Yell is written with the swiftly vivid narrative that is Gwynne's hallmark and is rich with battle lore, biographical detail, and intense conflict between historical figures. Gwynne delves deep into Jackson's private life , his brilliant 24-month career in the Civil War, his stunning effect on the course of the War itself, and his tragic death, which caused both North and South to grieve the loss of a remarkable American hero. Hardcover 672 pages
Charles Dew's unsurpassed Ironmaker to the Confederacy tells the story of the South's premier ironworks and its intrepid owner, Joseph Reid Anderson. Dew masterfully describes Tredegar's struggle to supply the Confederate nation with the weapons of war and is a seminal study of southern manufacturing and industrial slavery. This revised edition includes a new preface by the author, additional illustrations, and redesigned maps of the ironworks based on new site research and archeology.
Why did many Irish Americans, who did not have a direct connection to slavery, choose to fight for the Confederacy? Taking a broad view of the subject, Gleeson considers the role of the Irish southerners in the debate s over secession and the formation of the Confederacy their experiences as soldiers, the effects of the Confederate defeat for them, and their emerging ethnic identity, and their role in the rise of Lost Cause ideology.
Taking a "freakonomics approach to Civil War studies, each contributor uses a seemingly unusual story to cast a new light on the nature of the war itself. Collectively the essays remind us that the war is always about damage. Here are those who profited and lost by the war.Here are the cowards, the belles, and the scavengers. Here are dark topics like torture, hunger and amputation. Here, in short, is "war."
Biographer Heah Hardage Lee chronicles the life of this little-known woman who unwittingly became the symbolic female figure of the defeated South. Lee spent over 20 years delving into Winnie Davis' life through personal letters, diaries, newspaper accounts and interviews with Davis' descendants. The result is a rare breed of biography -- when a writer really emphasizes with and breathes life into her subject.
By Casey Clabough In rare and rediscovered excerpts these women writers evidence the early hopes of a cause destined to be lost, the propagandic rhetoric which accompanied it, and the destruction ultimately visited upon them, their homes, and their families. Women of War brings to light a cornucopia of heretofore obscure women's writings which enrich our understanding of a complex, unsettling time unmatched in our nation's history. Paperback 158