Virginia's Private War: Feeding Body and Soul in the Confederacy, 1861-1865 (Hardback)William A. Blair (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 424 g
Dimensions: 216 x 148 x 21 mm
William Blair's contribution to the long-running debate is well-researched, lucidly written, and persuasive * Reviews in American History 27 (1999) *
Blair has written a sound, solid, and scholarly work that well merits the attention it undoubtedly will receive * The Historian (Autumn 2000) *
"Bill Blair has made an important addition to the growing literature on the home front in the Civil War, which adds a crucial dimension to our understanding of that conflict. He demonstrates that, whatever their opinion of the Confederate governemnt and its measures, most Virginians remained loyal to the cause of Southern independence to the bitter end. Instead of sapping the will to win, as some scholars have maintained, white civilians helped to sustain army morale. In Virginia the Confederate cuase did not collapse internally; it was crushed externally by a determined enemy."- James McPherson Princeton University
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