Weirding the War: Stories from the Civil War's Ragged Edges by Anya JabourWeirding the War: Stories from the Civil War's Ragged Edges by Anya Jabour

Weirding the War: Stories from the Civil War's Ragged Edges

Contribution byAnya Jabour

Paperback | October 1, 2011

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"It is well that war is so terrible," Robert E. Lee reportedly said, "or we would grow too fond of it." The essays collected here make the case that we have grown too fond of it, and therefore we must make the war ter­rible again. Taking a "freakonomics" approach to Civil War studies, each contributor uses a seemingly unusual story, incident, or phenomenon to cast new light on the nature of the war itself. Collectively the essays remind us that war is always about damage, even at its most heroic and even when certain people and things deserve to be damaged.

Here then is not only the grandness of the Civil War but its more than occasional littleness. Here are those who profited by the war and those who lost by it-and not just those who lost all save their honor, but those who lost their honor too. Here are the cowards, the coxcombs, the belles, the deserters, and the scavengers who hung back and so survived, even thrived. Here are dark topics like torture, hunger, and amputation. Here, in short, is war.

Stephen Berry is associate professor of history at the University of Georgia. He is the author of House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, a Family Divided by War and All That Makes a Man: Love and Ambition in the Civil War South and the editor of Princes of Cotton: Four Diaries of Young Men in the South, 1848-1860 (Georgia).
Title:Weirding the War: Stories from the Civil War's Ragged EdgesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:October 1, 2011Publisher:University Of Georgia PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0820341274

ISBN - 13:9780820341279


Table of Contents

Emory M. Thomas

Stephen Berry

Part 1. Death Becomes Us: The Civil War and the Appetite for Destruction

Letting the War Slip through Our Hands: Material Culture and the Weakness of Words in the Civil War Era
Michael DeGruccio

The Pleasures of Civil War Ruins
Megan Kate Nelson

Confederate Menace: Sequestration on the North Carolina Home Front
Rodney J. Steward

Part 2. Hell's Belles: A New Look at Civil War Women

The Tale of Three Kates: Outlaw Women, Loyalty, and Missouri's Long Civil War
LeeAnn Whites

"Days of lightly-won and lightly-held hearts": Courtship and Coquetry in the Southern Confederacy
Anya Jabour

Love Is a Battlefield: Lizzie Alsop's Flirtation with the Confederacy
Steven E. Nash

Part 3. Inside the Civil War Body

Dissecting the Torture of Mrs. Owens: The Story of a Civil War Atrocity
Barton A. Myers

Hungry People in the Wartime South: Civilians, Armies, and the Food Supply
Joan E. Cashin

The Historian as Death Investigator
Stephen Berry

Part 4. The Tortuous Road to Freedom

How a Cold Snap in Kentucky Led to Freedom for Thousands: An Environmental Story of Emancipation
Amy Murrell Taylor

Rituals of Horsemanship: A Speculation on the Ring Tournament and the Origins of the Ku Klux Klan
Paul Christopher Anderson

The Loyal Deserters: African American Soldiers and Community in Civil War Memphis
Andrew L. Slap

Part 5. Honor Is the Gift a Man Gives Himself--And Men Can Be Very, Very Generous

The Arrest and Court Martial of Captain George Dobson
Kenneth W. Noe

Peter S. Carmichael

The Civil War Career of General James Abbott Whistler
Daniel E. Sutherland

Part 6. Picking Up the Pieces

Confederate Amputees and the Women Who Loved (or Tried to Love) Them
Brian Craig Miller

"Will They Ever Be Able to Forget?": Confederate Soldiers and Mental Illness in the Defeated South
Diane Miller Sommerville

Ira Forbes's War
Lesley J. Gordon

Michael Fellman

The Weirdlings


Editorial Reviews

Overall, whether in soldier, civilian, or veteran studies, the future direction of the new military history emanates from Weirding the War.

- Matthew E. Stanley - Register of the Kentucky Historical Society