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The Civil War Guerrilla
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Most Americans are familiar with major Civil War battles such as Manassas (Bull Run), Shiloh, and Gettysburg, which have been extensively analyzed by generations of historians. However, not all of the war's engagements were fought in a conventional manner by regular forces. Often referred to as "the wars within the war," guerrilla combat touched states from Virginia to New Mexico. Guerrillas fought for the Union, the Confederacy, their ethnic groups, their tribes, and their families. They were deadly forces that plundered, tortured, and terrorized those in their path, and their impact is not yet fully understood.

In this richly diverse volume, Joseph M. Beilein Jr. and Matthew C. Hulbert assemble a team of both rising and eminent scholars to examine guerrilla warfare in the South during the Civil War. Together, they discuss irregular combat as practiced by various communities in multiple contexts, including how it was used by Native Americans, the factors that motivated raiders in the border states, and the women who participated as messengers, informants, collaborators, and combatants. They also explore how the Civil War guerrilla has been mythologized in history, literature, and folklore.

The Civil War Guerrilla sheds new light on the ways in which thousands of men, women, and children experienced and remembered the Civil War as a conflict of irregular wills and tactics. Through thorough research and analysis, this timely book provides readers with a comprehensive examination of the guerrilla soldier and his role in the deadliest war in U.S. history.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword: Inside Fellman’s War
  2. Christopher Phillips
  3. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction: Of Black Flags and History, Authentic and Apocryphal
  2. Joseph M. Beilein Jr., Matthew C. Hulbert
  3. pp. 1-12
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  1. The Hard-Line War: The Ideological Basis of Irregular Warfare in the Western Border States
  2. Christopher Phillips
  3. pp. 13-42
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  1. Controlled Chaos: Spatiotemporal Patterns within Missouri’s Irregular Civil War
  2. Andrew William Fialka
  3. pp. 43-70
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  1. Violence, Conflict, and Loyalty in the Carolina Piedmont: A Comparative Perspective
  2. David Brown, Patrick J. Doyle
  3. pp. 71-98
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  1. Indians Make the Best Guerrillas: Native Americans and the War for the Desert Southwest, 1861–1862
  2. Megan Kate Nelson
  3. pp. 99-122
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  1. The Business of Guerrilla Memory: Selling Massacres and the Captivity Narrative of Sergeant Thomas M. Goodman
  2. Matthew C. Hulbert
  3. pp. 123-144
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  1. Tales of Race, Romance, and Irregular Warfare: Guerrillas Fictionalized, 1862–1866
  2. John C. Inscoe
  3. pp. 145-174
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  1. In Search of Manse Jolly: Mythology and Facts in the Hunt for a Post–Civil War Guerrilla
  2. Rod Andrew Jr.
  3. pp. 175-206
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  1. “Nothing but Truth Is History”: William E. Connelley, William H. Gregg, and the Pillaging of Guerrilla History
  2. Joseph M. Beilein Jr.
  3. pp. 207-230
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  1. Afterword
  2. Victoria E. Bynum
  3. pp. 231-236
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 237-238
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 239-240
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 241-244
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  1. Other Works in the Series
  2. pp. 245-248
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