Abstract

A dispute arose during the 1864 Battle of Spotsylvania Court House over who had captured three flags from Union forces, Virginians of William Mahone’s division or North Carolinians under the command of James Henry Lane. Over the next four decades, Lane defended his men’s claims with increasingly personal attacks on Mahone. His efforts succeeded only after U.S. Senator Mahone made common cause with Republicans. This article maintains that Lane’s actions can only be understood fully within the context of postwar politics and especially the culture of honor, considerations that must be applied to all post-Civil War sources.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-7795
Print ISSN
0899-3718
Pages
pp. 1089-1116
Launched on MUSE
2008-10-26
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2010
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