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Burying the Dead but Not the Past

Ladies' Memorial Associations and the Lost Cause

Caroline E. Janney

Publication Year: 2008

Immediately after the Civil War, white women across the South organized to retrieve and rebury the remains of Confederate soldiers scattered throughout the region. In Virginia alone, these Ladies' Memorial Associations (LMAs) relocated and reinterred the remains of more than 72,000 soldiers, nearly 28 percent of the 260,000 Confederate soldiers who perished in the war. Challenging the notion that southern white women were peripheral to the Lost Cause movement until the 1890s, Caroline Janney restores these women's place in the historical narrative by exploring their role as the creators and purveyors of Confederate tradition between 1865 and 1915.

Published by: The University of North Carolina Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-v

Contents

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pp. vii-ix

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiii

I first discovered the Ladies’ Memorial Associations as an undergraduate in the spring of 1998, and in the ten years since they have become part of my life to no small degree. In the process of preparing this book (something I certainly never envisioned a decade ago), I have accumulated an untold number...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-14

A few short miles from busy U.S. I-66, which carries throngs of politicians, bureaucrats, and visitors to the nation’s capital each day, rest the remains of more than two hundred Confederate soldiers in a small, unassuming cemetery. Located on the property of the Manassas National Battlefield...

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1 Patriotic Ladies of the South: Virginia Women in the Confederacy

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pp. 15-38

While Virginia’s men and boys gathered their muskets and marched off to battle in the spring of 1861, the Commonwealth’s women understood that they, too, had an important role to play during this time of national crisis. Women willingly sent their husbands, brothers, and sons off...

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2 A Fitting Work: The Origins of Virginia’s Ladies’ Memorial Associations, 1865–1866

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pp. 39-68

The spring of 1865 brought peace to Virginia, but the scars of war remained visible throughout the state. During the past four years, graves of southern soldiers had been scattered across the Commonwealth, and with each passing month, residents uncovered more and more...

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3 The Influence and Zeal of Woman: Ladies’ Memorial Associations during Radical Reconstruction, 1867–1870

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pp. 69-104

Even in the “tender” hands of southern women, Memorial Days and cemetery dedications smacked of unrepentant rebellion. The relatively lenient period of presidential Reconstruction had not quelled the Confederate spirit; in fact, it appeared to have stoked it. Southern Unionists...

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4 A Rather Hardheaded Set: Challenges for the Ladies’ Memorial Associations, 1870–1883

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pp. 105-132

On the night of October 12, 1870, a brief and solemn telegram reached Richmond announcing the death of the South’s famed chieftain, Robert E. Lee. Th e news of Lee’s passing brought a deep wave of mourning throughout the city, not experienced since the surrender at Appomattox five...

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5 The Old Spirit Is Not Dying Out: The Memorial Associations’ Renaissance, 1883–1893

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pp. 133-166

Beginning in 1866, the white citizens of Richmond had welcomed the warm days of spring with their annual memorial tributes at the Hebrew, Oakwood, and Hollywood Cemeteries. Whether in grand processions with orations or more subdued occasions of merely laying flowers on...

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6 Lest We Forget: United Daughters and Confederated Ladies, 1894–1915

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pp. 167-194

In 1894, a new Confederate women’s organization, the United Daughters of the Confederacy (udc or Daughters), entered the memorial scene. Th e birth and overwhelming success of the Daughters in many ways served as a testament to the triumph of the Ladies’ Memorial...

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Epilogue: A Mixed Legacy

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pp. 195-200

One hundred and forty years after the close of the Civil War, reminders of the Confederacy can be seen and in many ways felt in nearly every southern community. Rare is the southern town or city that cannot boast of a Confederate cemetery or, at the very least, a marble statue...

Appendix

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pp. 201-

Notes

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pp. 203-256

Bibliography

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pp. 257-270

Index

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pp. 271-290


E-ISBN-13: 9781469602226
E-ISBN-10: 1469602229
Print-ISBN-13: 9780807831762
Print-ISBN-10: 080783176X

Page Count: 304
Illustrations: 2 line drawings, 1 map
Publication Year: 2008

Series Title: Civil War America

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Subject Headings

  • Ladies' Memorial Association -- History.
  • Southern States -- Civilization.
  • Popular culture -- Southern States.
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Influence.
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