Virginia at War, 1865

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William Davis, James I. Robertson
University Press of Kentucky, Jan 1, 2012 - History - 237 pages
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By January 1865, most of VirginiaÕs schools were closed, many newspapers had ceased publication, businesses suffered, and food was scarce. Having endured major defeats on their home soil and the loss of much of the stateÕs territory to the Union army, VirginiaÕs Confederate soldiers began to desert at higher rates than at any other time in the war, returning home to provide their families with whatever assistance they could muster. It was a dark year for Virginia. Virginia at War, 1865 closely examines the end of the Civil War in the Old Dominion, delivering a striking depiction of a state ravaged by violence and destruction. In the final volume of the Virginia at War series, editors William C. Davis and James I. Robertson Jr. have once again assembled an impressive collection of essays covering topics that include land operations, women and families, wartime economy, music and entertainment, the demobilization of LeeÕs army, and the warÕs aftermath. The volume ends with the final installment of Judith Brockenbrough McGuireÕs popular and important Diary of a Southern Refugee during the War. Like the previous four volumes in the series, Virginia at War, 1865 provides valuable insights into the devastating effects of the war on citizens across the state.

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This book is a history of Virginia in the Civil War during 1862. Each chapter is written by a different individual. The chapters most interesting to me were those by Thomas Lowry on court-martial and ... Read full review

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The third in a series of essays by fellow historians the books discusses different aspects of Virginian life in 1863. The essays cover a broad range of the area's social fabric, ranging from military ... Read full review


1 Land Operations in Virginia in 1865
2 Uncertainties and alarms
3 The question of bread is a very serious one
4 Better to be merry than sad
5 To Danville
6 When Johnny comes marching home
7 Traitors shall not dictate to us
8 So unsettled by the war
9 Diary of a Southern Refugee during the War August 1864May 1865
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William C. Davis, professor of history and director of programs at Virginia Tech's Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, is the author of Lincoln's Men: How President Lincoln Became Father to an Army and a Nation. He lives in Blacksburg, Virginia.

James I. Robertson Jr., Alumni Distinguished Professor of History at Virginia Tech and director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, is the author of Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend. He lives in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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