Intimate Strategies of the Civil War: Military Commanders and Their Wives by Carol K. BleserIntimate Strategies of the Civil War: Military Commanders and Their Wives by Carol K. Bleser

Intimate Strategies of the Civil War: Military Commanders and Their Wives

byCarol K. Bleser, Lesley J. Gordon

Paperback | September 15, 2007

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From Robert E. and Mary Lee to Ulysses S. and Julia Grant, Intimate Strategies of the Civil War examines the marriages of twelve prominent military commanders, highlighting the impact wives had on their famous husbands' careers. Carol K. Bleser and Lesley J. Gordon assemble an impressive array of leading scholars to explore the marriages of six Confederate and six Union commanders. Contributors reveal that, for many of these men, the matrimonial bond was the most important relationship in their lives, one that shaped(and was shaped by) their military experience. In some cases, the commanders' spouses proved relentless and skillful promoters of their husbands' careers. Jessie Fremont drew on all of her connections as the daughter of former Senator Thomas Hart Benton to aid her modestly talented husband John.Others bolstered their military spouses in less direct ways. For example, Ulysses S. Grant's relationship with Julia (a Southerner and former slave owner herself) kept him anchored in stormy times. Here, too, are tense and tempestuous pairings, such William Tecumseh Sherman and his wife Ellen--hisfoster sister before becoming his wife--and Jefferson Davis's fascinatingly complex bond with Varina, further complicated by the hostile rumors about the two in Richmond society. Throughout, these historians paint remarkably intimate portraits of their subjects. Readers will see these famed men in away that they perhaps never considered: not merely as famous leaders, but as lovers, husbands and fathers.
Carol K. Bleser is Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Distinguished Professor of History Emerita at Clemson University and former president of the Southern Historical Association and the Southern Association of Women Historians. Her books include The Hammonds of Redcliffe, Tokens of Affection, Secret and Sacred, and In Joy and In Sorrow. Lesle...
Title:Intimate Strategies of the Civil War: Military Commanders and Their WivesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:310 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.59 inPublished:September 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One: Confederate MarriagesThe Marriage of Varina Howell and Jefferson DavisThe Lee Marriage"Stonewall" and Mary Anna Jackson and the Civil WarThe Marriage of LaSalle Corbell and George E. PickettLizinka Campbell Brown and Richard S. EwellThe Marriage of Amelia Gayle and Josiah GorgasPart Two: Union MarriagesUlysses and Julia GrantGeneral and Mrs. William T. Sherman, a Contentious MarriageThe Reconstruction of a "Home"The Civil War Marriage of Lawrence and Fannie ChamberlainThe Civil War Partnership of Elizabeth and George A. CusterPermutations of a Marriage: John Charles and Jessie Benton Fremon's Civil War Alliance"A Good Wife and the Best Friend in the World": the Marriage of Elizabeth Blair and S. Phillips LeeNotesAuthors' biographies

Editorial Reviews

"This edited collection will surely silence anyone foolish enough to think that the curtain should be brought down on Civil War historiography. Intimate Strategies moves into relatively uncharted territory and undertakes the systematic exploration of private lives and military performance. Thecontributing authors demonstrate that marriage, long regarded by some as a private blood sport, also affected the panoramic public bloodletting of the Blue and the Gray."--Margaret Ripley Wolfe, author of Daughters of Canaan: A Saga of Southern Women