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Mississippi in the Civil War

The Home Front

Timothy B. Smith (author)

ISBN: 9781628461695

Publication Date: Sep 2014

Format: Paperback

Examines Mississippi's Civil War defeat by both outside and inside forces. The first examination of the state's Civil War home front in seventy years, this book tells the story of all classes of Mississippians during the war, focusing new light on previously neglected groups such as women and African Americans.
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In Mississippi in the Civil War: The Home Front, Timothy B. Smith examines Mississippi's Civil War defeat by both outside and inside forces. From without, the Union army dismantled the state's political system, infrastructure, economy, and fighting capability. The state saw extensive military operations, destruction, and bloodshed within her borders. One of the most frightful and extended sieges of the war ended in a crucial Confederate defeat at Vicksburg, the capstone to a tremendous Union campaign.

As Confederate forces and Mississippi became overwhelmed militarily, the populace's morale began to crumble. Realizing that the enemy could roll unchecked over the state, civilians, Smith argues, began to lose the will to continue the struggle. Many white Confederates chose to return to the Union rather than see continued destruction in the name of a victory that seemed ever more improbable. When the tide turned, Unionists and African Americans boldly stepped up their endeavors. The result, Smith finds, was a state vanquished and destined to endure suffering far into its future.

The first examination of the state's Civil War home front in seventy years, this book tells the story of all classes of Mississippians during the war, focusing new light on previously neglected groups such as women and African Americans. The result is a revelation of the heart of a populace facing the devastating impact of total war.

Illustrations 17|15 black & white illustrations, 2 maps
Pages 260
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Sep 2014
Publisher University Press of Mississippi
Series Heritage of Mississippi Series
Subject/s Regional & national history   Social & cultural history   American Civil War  
Timothy B. Smith, Adamsville, Tennessee, teaches history at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He is the author of several books, including James Z. George: Mississippi's Great Commoner and The Mississippi Secession Convention: Delegates and Deliberations in Politics and War, 1861-1865 (published by University Press of Mississippi).

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