Cover

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Title and Copyright Pages

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Contents

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pp. v-vii

Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-3

Georgians, like all Americans, experienced the Civil War in a variety of ways. With the exception of the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863, the state avoided major military conflict until 1864, when for nine months Union general William T. Sherman’s troops moved across Georgia to...

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Overview: The Civil War in Georgia

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pp. 5-11

The South, like the rest of the country, was forever altered by the dramatic events of the Civil War. Few states, however, were more integral to the outcome of the conflict than Georgia, which provided an estimated 120,000 soldiers for the Confederacy, as well as 3,500 black troops...

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SECTION 1: Prelude to War

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pp. 13-42

THE CIVIL WAR WAS VERY MUCH A POLITICAL WAR, one brought on by the simultaneous failure of national political leadership and the triumph of Southern politicians pushing regional agendas. Following an overview of antebellum slavery and a socioeconomic snapshot of the...

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SECTION 2: The War Years

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pp. 43-46

THE CIVIL WAR IN GEORGIA is often closely associated with the extended incursion by Union general William T. Sherman’s troops in 1864—including both the Atlanta campaign and the subsequent March to the Sea. Yet the war fought on Georgia’s soil entailed much more than the...

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MILITARY ACTIONS [Includes Image Plates]

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pp. 47-122

A massive five-sided edifice, Fort Pulaski was constructed in the 1830s and 1840s on Cockspur Island at the mouth of the Savannah River. Built to protect the city of Savannah from naval attack, the fort came under siege by Union forces in early 1862 and was ultimately captured on...

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MILITARY SUPPORT

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pp. 123-146

Established in Marietta and opened to students in July 1851, the Georgia Military Institute (GMI) was the principal source of education for new engineers and teachers in the state during the decade prior to the Civil War. Originally funded by private subscription and donations, GMI...

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HOME FRONT

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pp. 147-178

Georgia citizens in the nineteenth century relied on newspapers to keep them informed about what was happening outside their own towns and counties. The state could boast a few literary, religious, and agricultural magazines, but newspapers were by far the more important news source. ...

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SECTION 3: The War's Legacy

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pp. 179-182

“IT SOMETIMES SEEMS that the Confederacy is more alive today than it was in the 1800s,” observed historian Anne Sarah Rubin in her book A Shattered Nation (2005). To be sure, since the end of the Civil War, Georgians have commemorated the conflict profusely and pervasively,...

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POSTWAR IDENTITY

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pp. 183-204

As a defeated Confederate state, Georgia underwent Reconstruction from the aftermath of the Civil War in 1865 until 1871, when Republican government and military occupation in the state ended. Though relatively brief, Reconstruction transformed the state politically, socially, and...

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COMMEMORATIVE SITES AND ACTIVITIES

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pp. 205-236

Both during and after the Civil War, Georgians faced the task of burying the Confederate and Union soldiers who died within the state’s bounds. Many of the fallen were later reburied either in existing cemeteries or in new ones specifically dedicated to Civil War soldiers. ...

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LITERARY AND CINEMATIC PERSPECTIVES

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pp. 237-280

In Patriotic Gore (1962), his classic study of Civil War literature, the literary critic Edmund Wilson asked, “Has there ever been another historical crisis of the magnitude of 1861–1865 in which so many people were so articulate?” Historian Louis Masur later made the...

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 281-286

Contributors

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pp. 287-291

Index

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pp. 293-305