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The American Civil War began with a laying down of arms by Union troops at Fort Sumter, and it ended with a series of surrenders, most famously at Appomattox Courthouse. But in the intervening four years, both Union and Confederate forces surrendered en masse on scores of other occasions. Indeed, roughly one out of every four soldiers surrendered at some point during the conflict. In no other American war did surrender happen so frequently.

David Silkenat here provides the first comprehensive study of Civil War surrender, focusing on the conflicting social, political, and cultural meanings of the action. Looking at the conflict from the perspective of men who surrendered, Silkenat creates new avenues to understand prisoners of war, fighting by Confederate guerillas, the role of southern Unionists, and the experiences of African American soldiers. The experience of surrender also sheds valuable light on the culture of honor, the experience of combat, and the laws of war.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. 1. Treated with the Greatest Civility: Winfield Scott, Robert Anderson, and the Path to Fort Sumter
  2. pp. 5-36
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  1. 2. Heroes and Cowards: Honor and Shame in Early Civil War Surrenders
  2. pp. 37-72
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  1. 3. Instinctively My Hands Went Up: Soldiers, Agency, and Surrender on the Battlefield
  2. pp. 73-107
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  1. 4. Better to Be a Prisoner Than a Corpse: Surrender at the Battle of Gettysburg
  2. pp. 108-138
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  1. 5. Worse Than Murder: Ulysses S. Grant, Nathan Bedford Forrest, and Unconditional Surrender
  2. pp. 139-167
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  1. 6. To the Last Man: Surrender and the Hard War
  2. pp. 168-188
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  1. 7. A Convulsion at Appomattox: Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, and the Uneasy Peace
  2. pp. 189-220
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  1. 8. Dying in the Last Ditch: Joseph Johnston, Richard Taylor, Nathan Bedford Forrest, and the Fall of the Cis-Mississippi Confederacy
  2. pp. 221-250
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  1. 9. Without a Government: Jeff Thompson, Edmund Kirby Smith, and the Slow Death of the Trans-Mississippi Confederacy
  2. pp. 251-269
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  1. 10. Never Surrender: Remembering (and Forgetting) Civil War Surrenders
  2. pp. 270-294
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 295-298
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 299-300
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 301-322
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 323-348
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469649740
Related ISBN
9781469649726
MARC Record
OCLC
1088722636
Pages
368
Launched on MUSE
2019-03-27
Language
English
Open Access
No
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