Virginia at War, 1861

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William Davis, James I. Robertson
University Press of Kentucky, Nov 11, 2005 - History - 241 pages
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Although nine of the former British colonies joined the United States before Virginia, the fate of the new republic depended heavily on the Commonwealth. With four of the first five American presidents, and many other founding fathers and framers of the Constitution, calling Virginia their home, the roots of American democracy are firmly planted within the borders of the Old Dominion. Similarly, several Southern states preceded Virginia in seceding from the Union, but until Virginia joined them in April 1861, the Confederacy lacked cohesion. Richmond was immediately named the capital of the fledgling nation, and by the end of spring, Virginia had become the primary political and military theater in which the grand tragedy of the Civil War was enacted. Virginia at War, 1861, edited by acclaimed historians William C. Davis and James I. Robertson Jr., vividly portrays the process of secession, the early phases of conflict, and the struggles of Virginians to weather the brutal storms of war. Virginia at War, 1861 is the first in a series of volumes on each of Virginia’s five years as a Confederate state. Essays by eight noted Civil War scholars provide a three-dimensional view of Virginians’ experiences during the first year of the War Between the States. In addition to recounting the remarkable military events taking place in Virginia in 1861, this collection examines a civilian population braced for war but divided on crucial questions, an economy pressed to cope with the demands of combat, and a culture that strained to reconcile its proud heritage with its uncertain future. In 1861, the outcome of the Civil War was far from determined, but for Virginians there was little doubt that the war experience would alter nearly everything they had known before the outbreak of hostilities. In exacting detail, Virginia at War, 1861 examines the earliest challenges of the Civil War, the changes war wrought, and the ways in which Virginians withstood and adapted to this profound, irrevocable upheaval.
  

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Contents

The Virginia State Convention of 1861
1
Land Operations in Virginia in 1861
27
Confederate Soldiers in Virginia 1861
45
A Navy Department Hitherto Unknown to Our State Organization
65
AfroVirginians Attitudes on Secession and Civil War 1861
89
Richmond Becomes the Capital
113
The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
131
The Tarnished Thirtyfifth Star
149
Diary of a Southern Refugee during the War 1861
159
Selected Bibliography
225
Index
231
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William C. Davis, director of programs at the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, is the author or editor of more than fifty books, including, most recently, The Pirates Laffite: The Treacherous World of the Corsairs of the Gulf. He was also chief consultant for The History Channel's Civil War Journal and is professor of history at Virginia Tech.

Robertson is a Professor of History at Virginia Tech.

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