Mississippi's Civil War: A Narrative History

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Mercer University Press, 2006 - History - 243 pages
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This book examines Mississippi's Civil War experience. It begins with an introductory overview of the socio-political climate of the state during the1850s and ends with a treatment of Mississippi's post-war environment and the rise of Lost Cause mythology. In between, the work covers the pivotal events, issues, and personalities of the period. Wynne emphasizes the experiences of Mississippians?male and female, black and white?as they struggled to deal with the crisis. The political events leading to seces-sion, Mississippians? initial enthusiasm for war, voices of dissent, the disbursement of troops in and out of the state, the home front, freedom for the slave community, waning enthusiasm (both in the military and on the home front) as the war dragged on, defeat, and the ultimate struggle to turn defeat into a moral victory through Lost Cause mythology are also discussed. This book makes significant contributions to Civil War literature.
 

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Contents

A Tragic Evolution
1
The Call of My Country 1861
34
In Defense of the State 1862
58
The Turning Point 1863
95
The End 18641865
147
Reconstruction and Revision
178
Appendix
205
Bibliography
223
Index
237
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Ben Wynne is currently assistant professor of History at Gainesville State College.

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