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The war hits home : the Civil War in southeastern Virginia /
Brian Steel Wills.
imprint
Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, 2001.
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xiv, 345 p. : ill., maps.
ISBN
0813920272 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, 2001.
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0813920272 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
4595851
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Brian Steel Wills is Department Chair and Professor of History and Philosophy at the University of Virginia's College at Wise
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2002-05-01:
Wills (Univ. of Virginia's College at Wise) has written a first-rate Civil War home front study of several Confederate counties in war-torn southeastern Virginia. The area was considered important by both sides because of its proximity to Norfolk and its plentiful supplies, and Confederates and Federals fought for advantage there throughout the war. The author reconstructs the experiences of white civilians--rebel and Unionist alike--and African Americans as they struggled to survive as best they could while their world turned upside down. One nicely developed theme is the sense of Confederate nationalism that Wills argues existed and remained strong until the end of the war. Also folded into his narrative are a solid military study of the Suffolk Campaign (April-May 1863) and the story of the many rebel soldiers from the area who actively participated in most of the bloody eastern battles. Wills's description of Federal amphibious operations around Norfolk is especially good. He also provides careful profiles of the chief protagonists, including Southern generals James Longstreet, John Bell Hood, George Pickett, and Samuel Gibbs French; and Northern generals John James Peck, Michael Corcoran, and George Washington Getty. Highly recommended for Civil War collections at all levels. E. M. Thomas Gordon College
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The definitive study of the conflict in southeast Virginia, and one of the finest Confederate regional studies to have reached print.
"The definitive study of the conflict in southeast Virginia, and one of the finest Confederate regional studies to have reached print." -- Civil War Historians Newsletter
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In 1863 Confederate forces under Lieutenant General James Longstreet, while scouring Southside Virginia for badly needed supplies, threatened the Union garrison in Suffolk. For the residents of surrounding Nansemond, Isle of Wight, and Southampton Counties, the Suffolk campaign followed an exhausting and deadly pattern. Already subjected to the demands of waves of soldiers, first Southern recruits and then Union occupation troops, the people of the region faced the severest tests the Civil War could impose upon human beings. In The War Hits Home, Brian Steel Wills tells the story of these real people in the crucible of war. Reconstructing life for soldiers from the region on the battlefield and for civilians in the homes of southeastern Virginia, Wills provides a full depiction of what life was like for the ordinary person--black, white, soldier, citizen, Unionist, or secessionist--contending with domestic, economic, social, and military hardship in the contest of sectionalism and war. Wills employs their individual experiences to illustrate the impact of the war on a human scale, on soldiers and their relatives, North and South. We witness battlefield horror and family despair, African Americans' embrace of freedom, and the persistence of Confederate nationalism among most whites in the region. Taken as a whole, The War Hits Home is a sweeping but extraordinarily detailed canvas of a fractured American South.
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In 1863 Confederate forces under Lieutenant General James Longstreet, while scouring Southside Virginia for badly needed supplies, threatened the Union garrison in Suffolk. For the residents of surrounding Nansemond, Isle of Wight, and Southampton Counties, the Suffolk campaign followed an exhausting and deadly pattern. Already subjected to the demands of waves of soldiers, first Southern recruits and then Union occupation troops, the people of the region faced the severest tests the Civil War could impose upon human beings.In The War Hits Home, Brian Steel Wills tells the story of these real people in the crucible of war. Reconstructing life for soldiers from the region on the battlefield and for civilians in the homes of southeastern Virginia, Wills provides a full depiction of what life was like for the ordinary person -- black, white, soldier, citizen, Unionist, or secessionist -- contending with domestic, economic, social, and military hardship in the contest of sectionalism and war. Wills employs their individual experiences to illustrate the impact of the war on a human scale, on soldiers and their relatives, North and South. We witness battlefield horror and family despair, African Americans' embrace of freedom, and the persistence of Confederate nationalism among most whites in the region.Taken as a whole, The War Hits Home is a sweeping but extraordinarily detailed canvas of a fractured American South.
Publisher Fact Sheet
Wills, the acclaimed biographer of Nathan Bedford Forrest, provides a vivid double view of civil war life on the battlefield & at home for soldiers & their families. Wills focuses on southeastern Virginia because during Longstreet's Suffolk campaign control of the region changed hands between Union & Confederate forces, throwing domestic, economic, & social life for ordinary people into some of the worst chaos the war had to offer.
Main Description
In 1863 Confederate forces under Lieutenant General James Longstreet, while scouring Southside Virginia for badly needed supplies, threatened the Union garrison in Suffolk. For the residents of surrounding Nansemond, Isle of Wight, and Southampton Counties, the Suffolk campaign followed an exhausting and deadly pattern. Already subjected to the demands of waves of soldiers, first Southern recruits and then Union occupation troops, the people of the region faced the severest tests the Civil War could impose upon human beings.In The War Hits Home, Brian Steel Wills tells the story of these real people in the crucible of war. Reconstructing life for soldiers from the region on the battlefield and for civilians in the homes of southeastern Virginia, Wills provides a full depiction of what life was like for the ordinary person--black, white, soldier, citizen, Unionist, or secessionist--contending with domestic, economic, social, and military hardship in the contest of sectionalism and war. Wills employs their individual experiences to illustrate the impact of the war on a human scale, on soldiers and their relatives, North and South. We witness battlefield horror and family despair, African Americans' embrace of freedom, and the persistence of Confederate nationalism among most whites in the region.Taken as a whole, The War Hits Home is a sweeping but extraordinarily detailed canvas of a fractured American South.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: "War on Their Doorsteps"p. 1
"Blood Thursty for Lincoln" - October 1859-May 1861p. 7
A "Lion" Is in the Streets - May 1861-April 1862p. 26
Paradise Lost - May-September 1862p. 47
A Deserted House - October 1862-January 1863p. 67
A Winter of Discontent - January-March 1863p. 95
The "War Horse" Jockeys for Provisions - March-April 1863p. 111
The War Hits Home - April 11-14, 1863p. 131
A "Knight" in Suffolk - April 15-19, 1863p. 148
"Waiting for the Wagons" - April 20-30, 1863p. 160
No-Man's-Land - May-July 1863p. 175
"Nothing but Glory" - July-December 1863p. 195
"Do Hurry Friends" - January-May 1864p. 209
An Autumn of Despair - June-December 1864p. 229
"Let Us Suffer Together" - January 1865-January 1866p. 240
Conclusion: Nervously Standing Watchp. 255
Appendixes
The Days Afterp. 261
Confederate Order of Battle, Suffolk Campaign, April-May 1863p. 266
Casualties of Selected Companies from Southeastern Virginia Compiled by Engagementp. 269
Union Order of Battle, Suffolk Campaign, April-May 1863p. 277
Union Naval Vesselsp. 280
Notesp. 283
Bibliographyp. 317
Indexp. 333
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