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“It is well that war is so terrible,” Robert E. Lee reportedly said, “or we would grow too fond of it.” The essays collected here make the case that we have grown too fond of it, and therefore we must make the war ter­rible again. Taking a “freakonomics” approach to Civil War studies, each contributor uses a seemingly unusual story, incident, or phenomenon to cast new light on the nature of the war itself. Collectively the essays remind us that war is always about damage, even at its most heroic and even when certain people and things deserve to be damaged.

Here then is not only the grandness of the Civil War but its more than occasional littleness. Here are those who profited by the war and those who lost by it—and not just those who lost all save their honor, but those who lost their honor too. Here are the cowards, the coxcombs, the belles, the deserters, and the scavengers who hung back and so survived, even thrived. Here are dark topics like torture, hunger, and amputation. Here, in short, is war.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi- xiii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. PART 1. DEATH BECOMES US: THE CIVIL WAR AND THE APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION
  2. pp. 13-14
  1. Letting the War Slip through Our Hands: Material Culture and the Weakness of Words in the Civil War Era
  2. pp. 15-35
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  1. The Pleasures of Civil War Ruins
  2. pp. 36-53
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  1. Confederate Menace: Sequestration on the North Carolina Home Front
  2. pp. 54-70
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  1. PART 2. HELL’S BELLES: NEW LOOKS AT CIVIL WAR WOMEN
  2. pp. 71-72
  1. The Tale of Three Kates: Outlaw Women, Loyalty, and Missouri’s Long Civil War
  2. pp. 73-94
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  1. “Days of lightly-won and lightly-held hearts”: Courtship and Coquetry in the Southern Confederacy
  2. pp. 95-121
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  1. Love Is a Battlefield: Lizzie Alsop’s Flirtation with the Confederacy
  2. pp. 122-139
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  1. PART 3. INSIDE THE CIVIL WAR BODY
  2. pp. 140-
  1. Dissecting the Torture of Mrs. Owens: The Story of a Civil War Atrocity
  2. pp. 141-159
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  1. Hungry People in the Wartime South: Civilians, Armies, and the Food Supply
  2. pp. 160-175
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  1. The Historian as Death Investigator
  2. pp. 176-189
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  1. PART 4. THE TORTUOUS ROAD TO FREEDOM
  2. pp. 190-
  1. How a Cold Snap in Kentucky Led to Freedom for Thousands: An Environmental Story of Emancipation
  2. pp. 191-214
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  1. Rituals of Horsemanship: A Speculation on the Ring Tournament and the Origins of the Ku Klux Klan
  2. pp. 215-233
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  1. The Loyal Deserters: African American Soldiers and Community in Civil War Memphis
  2. pp. 234-249
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  1. PART 5. HONOR IS THE GIFT A MAN GIVES HIMSELF — AND MEN CAN BE VERY, VERY GENEROUS
  2. pp. 250-
  1. The Arrest and Court-Martial of Captain George Dobson
  2. pp. 251-271
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  1. Soldier- Speak
  2. pp. 272-281
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  1. The Civil War Career of General James Abbott Whistler
  2. pp. 282-298
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  1. PART 6. PICKING UP THE PIECES
  2. pp. 299-300
  1. Confederate Amputees and the Women Who Loved (or Tried to Love) Them
  2. pp. 301-320
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  1. “Will They Ever Be Able to Forget?”: Confederate Soldiers and Mental Illness in the Defeated South
  2. pp. 321-339
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  1. Ira Forbes’s War
  2. pp. 340-366
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 367-370
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  1. The Weirdlings
  2. pp. 371-376
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 377-378
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 379- 385
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780820341859
Related ISBN
9780820334134
MARC Record
OCLC
778616678
Pages
352
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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