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Faces of the Confederacy

An Album of Southern Soldiers and Their Stories

Ronald S. Coddington with a foreword by Michael Fellman

Publication Year: 2008

“The history of the Civil War is the stories of its soldiers,” writes Ronald S. Coddington in the preface to Faces of the Confederacy. This book tells the stories of seventy-seven Southern soldiers—young farm boys, wealthy plantation owners, intellectual elites, uneducated poor—who posed for photographic portraits, cartes de visite, to leave with family, friends, and sweethearts before going off to war. Coddington, a passionate collector of Civil War–era photography, conducted a monumental search for these previously unpublished portrait cards, then unearthed the personal stories of their subjects, putting a human face on a war rife with inhuman atrocities. The Civil War took the lives of 22 of every 100 men who served. Coddington follows the exhausted survivors as they return home to occupied cities and towns, ravaged farmlands, a destabilized economy, and a social order in the midst of upheaval. This book is a haunting and moving tribute to those brave men. Like its companion volume, Faces of the Civil War: An Album of Union Soldiers and Their Stories, this book offers readers a unique perspective on the war and contributes to a better understanding of the role of the common soldier.

Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press


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pp. ix-xiv

As men of North and South left home to join the army at the outbreak of the Civil War, many of them had their picture taken. “For the few days in which the military are being enrolled,” the American correspondent to an English periodical noted, “the photographic galleries are thriving: the wise soldier makes his will, and seeks the...

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pp. xv-xxiii

The history of the Civil War is the stories of its soldiers.1 Personal accounts of Northern men comprise my 2004 book Faces of the Civil War: An Album of Union Soldiers and Their Stories. This companion volume profiles volunteers from the Southern states and soldiers...

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Cartes de Visite

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pp. 1-234

Soon after the start of the war, newly organized volunteers converged on Camp Lee, near Richmond, Virginia, to muster into the army as the Twenty-first Virginia Infantry. On June 21, 1861, the two companies that would form the heart and soul of the regiment met for the first time: Company B, a select group of Baltimore’s cultural...


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pp. 235-263


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pp. 265-278

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pp. 279-281

Reporting that I spent hours typing on the computer, tucked away in libraries, and traipsing across battlefields suggests that this journey was a lonely trek along a solitary path. Quite the opposite is true. Along the way, I was joined by thoughtful individuals who generously shared their time, experience, and research; and throughout the journey the support of family and friends kept...


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pp. 283-288

E-ISBN-13: 9781421400303
E-ISBN-10: 1421400308
Print-ISBN-13: 9780801890192
Print-ISBN-10: 0801890195

Page Count: 312
Illustrations: 78 halftones
Publication Year: 2008

OCLC Number: 794701425
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  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Biography
  • Soldiers -- Confederate States of America -- Portraits.
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Portraits.
  • Soldiers -- Confederate States of America -- Biography.
  • Confederate States of America. -- Army -- Officers -- Biography.
  • Confederate States of America. Army -- Officers -- Portraits.
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