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Author Sheehan-Dean, Aaron Charles.

Title Why confederates fought : family and nation in Civil War Virginia / Aaron Sheehan-Dean
Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2007]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 291 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Civil War America
Civil War America (Series)
Contents pt. 1. Conflict & collaboration -- Building the plain people's Confederacy : January-June 1861 -- A nation of their own : July 1861-March 1862 -- pt. 2. The crucible of war -- The ardor of patriotism : April-July 1862 -- War in earnest : August-December 1862 -- The family war : January-December 1863 -- pt. 3. War without end -- The cost of independence : January-June 1864 -- The fall of the Confederacy : July 1864-March 1865 -- Epilogue : Swallowing the elephant : toward the new South
Summary In the first comprehensive study of the experience of Virginia soldiers and their families in the Civil War, Aaron Sheehan-Dean captures the inner world of the rank-and-file. He challenges earlier arguments that middle- and lower-class southerners gradually withdrew their support for the Confederacy because their class interests were not being met. Instead he argues that Virginia soldiers continued to be motivated by the profound emotional connection between military service and the protection of home and family, even as the war dragged on
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-283) and index
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Subject Families -- Virginia -- History -- 19th century.
Nationalism -- Confederate States of America -- History.
Nationalism -- Virginia -- History -- 19th century.
Social classes -- Virginia -- History -- 19th century.
Soldiers -- Family relationships -- Virginia -- History -- 19th century.
Soldiers -- Virginia -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
War and society -- Virginia -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects.
Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects.
Virginia -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 080788765X (electronic bk.)
1469605201 (electronic bk.)
9780807887653 (electronic bk.)
9781469605203 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)