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Take Care of the Living assesses the short- and long-term impact of the war on Confederate veteran families of all classes in Pittsylvania County and Danville, Virginia. Using letters, diaries, church minutes, and military and state records, as well as close analysis of the entire 1860 and 1870 Pittsylvania County manuscript population census, McClurken explores the consequences of the war for over three thousand Confederate soldiers and their families. The author reveals an array of strategies employed by those families to come to terms with their postwar reality, including reorganizing and reconstructing the household, turning to local churches for emotional and economic support, pleading with local elites for financial assistance or positions, sending psychologically damaged family members to a state-run asylum, and looking to the state for direct assistance in the form of replacement limbs for amputees, pensions, and even state-supported homes for old soldiers and widows.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. p. iv
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. List of Tables
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Chapter 1: The War Comes, 1860–1865
  2. pp. 9-43
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  1. Chapter 2: Loss and Reconstruction: The Impact of the Civil War on Veteran Families and Their Postwar Rebuilding
  2. pp. 44-71
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  1. Chapter 3: Local Support from Baptist Churches
  2. pp. 72-98
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  1. Chapter 4: Appeals for Local Elite Assistance: The Case of William T. Sutherlin
  2. pp. 99-117
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  1. Chapter 5: Veteran Families, Mental Illness, and the State: Dealing with the “Blue Devils”
  2. pp. 118-142
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  1. Chapter 6: State Aid for Veteran Families: Artificial Limbs, Commutations, Pensions, and Confederate Homes
  2. pp. 143-172
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 173-174
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  1. Appendix: A Note on Sources
  2. pp. 175-177
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 179-214
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 215-233
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 235-239
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813928197
Related ISBN
9780813928135
MARC Record
OCLC
755633532
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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