Confederate Ordeal: The Southern Home Front : The Civil War

Confederate Ordeal: The Southern Home Front : The Civil War

Steven A. Channing

Language: English

Pages: 176

ISBN: 0809447282

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Beautifully bound and illustrated volume on the Civil War featuring The Southern Home Front, Confederate Ordeal.

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stick into a beehive." A seat with a 16-hour grind. The one system so starved for labor and materials but was a takeover by the government — this the Davis administration was not pre- pared to do until the flict. By makeshift branch last days of the con- devices — cannibalizing fines to repair essential lines, for ex- — an intact bottom or back was a rare luxury. ample Cars generally lacked windows, lamps, heat open. But 28 thing that might have salvaged a a Southern rail

having the War Is European publishers, presses throughout the South contrived to print smuggled editions of some of the Continent's more popular works. Victor Hugo's Les Miserables from which the passages condemning slavery Have kept — sold better than any families had experienced theme by describing the Vir- ginia soldier as were carefully excised "When hand. Francis Ticknor's "Virginians Although the Federal blockade isolated the Confederate States from the books of — ballad

falling into 84 Tolerance for such speculators among the On April 2, 1863, in Richmond, a group of women met at a Baptist church on Or- people eventually expired, and nasty inci- angry dents occurred in a dozen places around the egon Hill under the leadership of one Mary South in the spring in 1863. In Atlanta a woman led a group of citizens Jackson, described in a contemporary ac- pistol-carrying count as a and asked the price of it was $1.10 per pound, the leader showed the

what food they could find and throwing open stores and the 167 The Capitol of the Confederacy (center) stands above Richmond's charred ruins. The buildings were burned in a blaze started by Confederate soldiers to destroy stores at the approach of the enemy. "The old war-scarred city," said one of the men, "seemed to prefer annihilation to conquest." warehouses Confederate to the people. bonds and paper money Uttered the Acrid smoke from fires streets. and explosions seeped

residents. ject to the declared themselves tempo- ily slave infected with la- bor throughout the War. "Patriotic plant- would willingly put their own flesh and blood into the army," recalled Senator Louis T. Wigfall of Texas, but when "you were functioning. One obvious way to relieve the labor shortage was by using some of the 3.5 million slaves toiling continued to thwart the use of slave on Southern plantations. A few of these had already been impressed by the asked them for a

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