Bitterly Divided: The South's Inner Civil War

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New Press, 2008 - History - 310 pages
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From the author of the celebrated A People's History of the Civil War, a new account of the Confederacy's collapse from within. The American Confederacy, historian David Williams reveals, was in fact fighting two civil warsan external one that we hear so much about and an internal one about which there is scant literature and virtually no public awareness. From the Confederacy's very beginnings, Williams shows, white southerners were as likely to have opposed secession as supported it, and they undermined the Confederate war effort at nearly every turn. The draft law was nearly impossible to enforce, women defied Confederate authorities by staging food riots, and most of the time two-thirds of the Confederate army was absent with or without leave. In just one of many telling examples in this rich and eye-opening narrative history, Williams shows that, if the nearly half-million southerners who served in the Union military had been with the Confederates, the opposing forces would have been evenly matched. Shattering the myth of wartime southern unity, this riveting new analysis takes on the enduring power of the Confederacy's image and reveals it to be, like the Confederacy itself, a hollow shell.

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BITTERLY DIVIDED: The South's Inner Civil War

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

There was not one civil war between 1861 and 1865 but many—so many that if the South were to rise again, it would do so on only one leg."Secession," writes Williams (History/Valdosta State Univ.; A ... Read full review

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User Review  - juglicerr - LibraryThing

This is an eye-opening look at the civil war going on in the Confederate States of America at the same time that they were attempting to wage the Civil War against the North. Williams quotes letters ... Read full review


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David Williams is a professor of history at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia.

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