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Diehard Rebels The Confederate Culture of Invincibility

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ISBN-10: 0820334332

ISBN-13: 9780820334332

Edition: 2007

Authors: Jason Phillips

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Well into the final months of the Civil War, countless Confederate soldiers earnestly believed that victory lay just around the corner. How could this be? Jason Phillips reveals the deeply ingrained attitudes that shaped the reality of these diehards not only during the war but in the subsequent era, when the myth of the Lost Cause was born.Much is known about what Confederate soldiers fought for; far less is understood about why they fought on despite long odds and terrible costs. Drawing on soldiers' letters and diary entries from 1863 to 1865, Diehard Rebels explains how religious dogma and perceptions of Union barbarity and ineptitude affirmed in many soldiers a view of an indomitable South. Within the soldiers' closely circumscribed world, other elements reinforced convictions that the South was holding its own against great but surmountable odds. Close comradeship and disorienting combat conditions were factors, says Phillips, as well as conclusions drawn from images and experiences contradicting the larger reality, such as battlefields littered with enemy corpses and parade-ground spectacles of Confederate military splendor.Troops also tended to perceive the course of the war in far-off theaters, the North, and overseas in positive ways. In addition, diehards were both consumers and conduits of rumors, misinformation, and propaganda that allowed them to envision a war that was rosier than the truth but still believable. Instead of crippling diehards after defeat, old notions of southern superiority helped them uphold southern honor. The central elements of Confederate invincibility fueled white southern defiance after surrender and evolved into the Lost Cause.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 1/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Southern Invincibility and Confederate Defeat
The Smile of Providence: Confederate Religion and Invincibility
The Mask of Cain: Enemy Images in Rebel Minds
Without a Murmur: Confederate Endurance and the Immediate War
Gray Grapevines: Rumors and the Distant War
The Face of Surrender: Diehard Rebels in 1865
Conclusion: The Aftermath of Invincibility
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index