Confederate Phoenix: Rebel Children and Their Families in South Carolina by Edmund L. DragoConfederate Phoenix: Rebel Children and Their Families in South Carolina by Edmund L. Drago

Confederate Phoenix: Rebel Children and Their Families in South Carolina

byEdmund L. Drago

Paperback | December 1, 2010

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In this innovative book, Edmund L. Drago tells the first full story of white children and their families in the most militant Southern state, and the state where the Civil War erupted.

Drawing on a rich array of sources, many of them formerly untapped, Drago shows how the War transformed the domestic world of the white South. Households were devastated by disease, death, and deprivation. Young people took up arms like adults, often with tragic results. Thousands of fathers and brothers died in battle; many returned home with grave physical and psychological wounds. Widows and orphans often had to fend for themselves.

From the first volley at Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor to the end of Reconstruction, Drago explores the extraordinary impact of war and defeat on the South Carolina home front. He covers a broad spectrum, from the effect of "boy soldiers" on the ideals of childhood and child rearing to changes in education, marriage customs, and community as well as family life. He surveys the children's literature of the era and explores the changing dimensions of Confederate patriarchal society. By studying the implications of the War and its legacy in cultural memory, Drago unveils the conflicting perspectives of South Carolina children-white and black-today.

Edmund L. Drago is Professor of History at the College of Charleston. His most recent book is Charleston's Avery Center: From Education to Preserving the African American Experience.
Title:Confederate Phoenix: Rebel Children and Their Families in South CarolinaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pagesPublished:December 1, 2010Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0823229386

ISBN - 13:9780823229383

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Table of Contents

AcknowldegmentsList of AbbreviationsIntroduction: Les Enfants de la Guerre1. Children as a Factor in War Strategy2. Boy Soldiers and Their Families3. Childrearing4. "Spilt Milk": Three Family Cameos5. Education and Nation Building6. "Something for the Girls": Marriage Customs and Girlhood7. "Going Up the Spout": Converging Defeat on the Battlefield and Home Front8. Baptism by Fire9. Widows and Orphans10. Reconstruction and Redemption: The Civil War, Part II11. The Last Phoenix: Conflicting Legacies, 1890-2007Appendix A: MethodologyAppendix B: ConscriptionNotesBibliographyIndexIllustrations

Editorial Reviews

. . . Fills an important gap in an area of Civil War scholarship that has yet to receive the attention it deserves, and is a must read for anyone interested in the Palmetto State's role in the Civil War.