The Day Dixie Died: Southern Occupation, 1865-1866
As the North celebrated the end of the Civil War, the people of the South, particularly of recently fallen Richmond, mourned. The South was about to enter a period of extreme turmoil reconstruction. The Union, though preserved, would not easily be healed. Starting with Lincoln's assassination and continuing up through the harsh realities of occupation through the summer of 1866, authors Thomas and Debra Goodrich trace the history of reconstruction in the south-the death, destruction, crime, starvation, exile, and anarchy that pervaded those grim years.
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In conducting secondary research for my book, The Rattling of the Chains, a memior about an ancestor, Archer Alexander, the last fugitive slave, I wanted to gain some insight about the living conditions and experience of the people living in the period 1865-1867.
This well researched book by Ms. Goodrich exceeded my purposes. Perhaps leaning to show how one side of the war- the South was treated, it confirmed some antidotal material with traceable quotes as to what happened from a host of personal case stories. I recommend it for background data without any qualifications. But have some reservations on how the book should be read with other materials to gain a balanced insight on the Civil War. Dr. Errol D. Alexander.