Paths to a New National Loyalty
Publication Year: 2013
Lee traditionally has been presented as a reluctant convert to the Confederacy whose most powerful identification was with his home state of Virginia—an interpretation at odds with his far more complex range of loyalties. Ramseur, the youngest of the three, eagerly embraced a Confederate identity, highlighting generational differences in the equation of loyalty. Early combined elements of Lee's and Ramseur's reactions—a Unionist who grudgingly accepted Virginia's departure from the United States but later came to personify defiant Confederate nationalism.
The paths of these men toward Confederate loyalty help delineate important contours of American history. Gallagher shows that Americans juggled multiple, often conflicting, loyalties and that white southern identity was preoccupied with racial control transcending politics and class. Indeed, understanding these men's perspectives makes it difficult to argue that the Confederacy should not be deemed a nation. Perhaps most important, their experiences help us understand why Confederates waged a prodigiously bloody war and the manner in which they dealt with defeat.
Published by: University of Georgia Press
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I was fl attered when Sarah Gardner invited me to deliver the 2011 Lamar Lectures at Mercer University. I have great admiration for many of the Lamar lecturers and have assigned several of the books that grew out of the series in my classes. I consider it a high honor to join this impressive roster of scholars. Preparing the lectures ...
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The seeds of this short book lie in my examination of Stephen Dod-son Ramseur as a case study in the development of offi cers in the more than thirty years ago, tracing the young North Carolinianâs years. In the course of reading Ramseurâs voluminous correspon-dence, I was impressed with the intensity of his commitment to the ...
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Robert E. Lee should not be understood as a fi gure defi ned primar-ily by his Virginia identity. As with almost all his fellow American citizens, he manifested a range of loyalties during the late antebel-state, where his family had loomed large in politics and social po-sition since the colonial era, he also possessed deep attachments ...
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...to the idea of a Confederate nation. Reared during the increasing powerful sense of southern identity that guided his actions during the secession crisis and into the war years, more than did concomi-tant loyalties to his native North Carolina and to the republic he served as a West Point graduate and junior offi cer in the U.S. Army. ...
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...tional loyalty. As an important general in the Army of Northern Virginia, he participated in nearly all the great battles of the Eastern Theater, became widely known for his anti- Yankee rhetoric, and proved willing to lay a hard hand on northern civilian property. Following the war, he assumed a position in the front rank of Lost ...
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Robert E. Lee and Jubal A. Early occupied critical positions in the story of how Confederate national sentiment persisted in the ary though still noteworthy place in the narrative. All had been committed nationalists, demanding collective sacrifi ce to establish a republic that promised long- term social and economic stability ...
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Thomas Crawfordâs equestrian statue of George Washington on the capitol grounds in Richmond, Virginia, photographed in April 1865. On his way to accept command of Virginiaâs state forces almost exactly four years earlier, Robert E. Lee passed the monument featuring the man he most sought to emulateâand who shaped his loyalties ...
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South to the Future: An American Region in the Twenty- First CenturyâMixed Bloodâ Indians: Racial Construction in the Early South...
Page Count: 152
Illustrations: 12 b&w photos
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Mercer University Lamar Memorial Lectures