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- DescriptionThe Confederate army went to war to defend a nation of slaveholding states, and although men rushed to recruiting stations for many reasons, they understood that the fundamental political issue at stake in the conflict was the future of slavery. Most Confederate soldiers were t slaveholders themselves, but they were products of the largest and most prosperous slaveholding civilization the world had ever seen, and they sought to maintain clear divisions between black and white, master and servant, free and slave.
In Marching Masters Colin Woodward explores t only the importance of slavery in the minds of Confederate soldiers but also its effects on military policy and decision making. Beyond showing how essential the defence of slavery was in motivating Confederate troops to fight, Woodward examines the Rebels' persistent belief in the need to defend slavery and deploy it militarily as the war raged on. Slavery proved essential to the Confederate war machine, and Rebels strove to protect it just as they did Southern cities, towns, and railroads. Slaves served by the tens of thousands in the Southern armies--never as soldiers, but as menial labourers who cooked meals, washed horses, and dug ditches. By following Rebel troops' continued adherence to tions of white supremacy into the Reconstruction and Jim Crow eras, the book carries the story beyond the Confederacy's surrender.
Drawing upon hundreds of soldiers' letters, diaries, and memoirs, Marching Masters combines the latest social and military history in its compelling examination of the last bloody years of slavery in the United States.
- Author BiographyColin Edward Woodward is Archivist at the Center for Arkansas History and Culture at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, USA.
- Author(s)Colin Edward Woodward
- PublisherUniversity of Virginia Press
- Date of Publication30/03/2014
- SubjectMilitary History
- Series TitleNation Divided: Studies in the Civil War Era
- Place of PublicationCharlottesville
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Virginia Press
- Weight567 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine23 mm
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