Civil War Macon: The History of a Confederate City

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Mercer University Press, 2009 - History - 462 pages
This book offers an encyclopedic history of Macon, Georgia, during the Civil War. Macon is located at the head of navigation on the Ocmulgee River in the center of Georgia. In 1860, on the eve of the Civil War, Macon was a business community dedicated to supplying the needs of its citizens, of the cotton planters who grew the short-staple upland cotton, the principal foundation of wealth for the antebellum South. Now, for the first time in such detail, is the story told of Macon, Georgia, during the Civil War. What was life like in Macon during the war? What kinds of industry supplied the Confederate army? Why did Sherman not come down to Macon? What of Wilson's raid through Middle Georgia? These issues and much more fill the pages of Richard Iobst's very readable narrative.
 

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This book is the most authoritative source of information on the heart of southern military industry, Macon, GA.

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Eve of War Macon in 1860
5
Preparing for War The Volunteer Companies
23
Macon in the Secession Crisis
39
And the War Came Military Preparations Continue
64
Life in Macon During the First Year of the War
87
The War Comes to Macon Military Hospitals
104
Camp Oglethorpe Macon as a Depot for Federal Prisoners
125
Life in Wartime Macon 18621864
253
Assault on Macon Stonemans Raid and its Aftermath
299
Macon and the March to the Sea
327
Macon in the Final Winter of the War
356
Wilsons Raid
374
Macon Under Wilson
404
Epilogue
440
Some Macon Leaders During the War
443

Macon as an Ordnance Center The Arsenal
145
Macon as an Ordnance Center The Armory
176
Macon as an Ordnance Center The Central Laboratory
230
Some Civil War Historic Sites in Macon
448
Index
453
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About the author (2009)

Richard W. Iobst earned a Ph.D. in American History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is author of Bloody Sixth: History of the Sixth North Carolina Regiment, Confederate States of America, and more than twenty articles published in various historical records.

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