Why the South Lost the Civil War

Why the South Lost the Civil War

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In this book first published in 1986, four historians consider the popularly held explanations for Southern defeat - state-rights disputes, inadequate military supply and strategy, and the Union blockade - undergirding their discussion with a chronological account of the war's progress. In the end, the authors find that the South lacked the will to win, that weak Confederate nationalism and the strength of a peculiar brand of evangelical Protestantism sapped the South's ability to continue a war that was not yet lost on the field.

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  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 38.1mm | 861.82g
  • University of Georgia Press
  • Georgia, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 2 maps, 38 illustrations
  • 0820313963
  • 9780820313962
  • 1,122,500

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"Should be required reading for anyone interested in the Confederate experiment. Its superb analysis of the previous literature, including respectful disagreement with many of the conclusions of Owsley, McWhiney, Jamieson and other prominent historians, makes it an ideal starting point for any discussion of Confederate defeat."--"Dallas Times-Herald"

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More than one hundred years after the South's surrender at Appomattox, Civil War battles rage on. Beyond the largely settled question of who lost and who won, dissension remains about how and why the war concluded as it did.

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About Richard E. Beringer

Richard E. Beringer is a professor of history at the University of North Dakota and the coeditor of a volume of "The Papers of Jefferson Davis." Herman Hattaway is a professor of history at the University of Missouri in Kansas City and the coauthor with Archer Jones of "How the North Won: A Military History of the Civil War." Archer Jones is emeritus professor of history and former dean at North Dakota State University. William N. Still Jr. is a professor of history at East Carolina University and the author of several books, including "Odyssey in Gray: A Diary of Confederate Service, 1863-1865."

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