Mississippi in the Civil War: The Home Front by Timothy B. Smith

By Timothy B. Smith

In Mississippi within the Civil struggle: the house entrance , Timothy B. Smith examines Mississippi's Civil struggle defeat through either inside and outside forces. The invading Union military dismantled the state's political process, infrastructure, financial system, and scuffling with potential. The country observed broad army operations, destruction, and bloodshed inside her borders. probably the most frightful and prolonged sieges of the warfare led to a vital accomplice defeat at Vicksburg, the capstone to a big Union campaign.

As accomplice forces and Mississippi grew to become beaten militarily, the populace's morale started to collapse. understanding that the enemy may roll unchecked over the nation, civilians, Smith argues, started to lose the need to proceed the fight. Many white Confederates selected to come back to the Union instead of see endured destruction within the identify of a victory that appeared ever extra inconceivable. while the tide grew to become, Unionists and African american citizens boldly stepped up their endeavors. the outcome, Smith unearths, was once a kingdom vanquished and destined to undergo anguish a long way into its future.

The first exam of the state's Civil struggle domestic entrance in seventy years, this ebook tells the tale of all periods of Mississippians through the warfare, focusing new gentle on formerly missed teams reminiscent of ladies and African american citizens. the result's a revelation of the guts of a population dealing with the devastating effect of overall war.

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Watson and Representatives Ethelbert Barksdale, John J. McRae, Reuben Davis, and Otho R. 8 By far, the person with the most power over Mississippi’s politics was the state’s governor, of which Mississippi had two during the Civil War. The most famous and indeed the most critical was the first, John J. Pettus, who served two terms from November 1859 to November 1863. It was during Pettus’s terms that the state seceded, mobilized for war, was invaded, lost its capital, and was virtually taken out of the war.

The national political officers now reported for work first in Montgomery and then in Richmond rather 29 THE STATE IN MILITARY CONFLICT than in Washington. The state’s congressional delegation, at first silent in Washington assuming secession and then vocal in Montgomery and Richmond, worked hard in the state’s interests. Members such as Senators Albert Gallatin Brown, James Phelan, and John W. C. Watson and Representatives Ethelbert Barksdale, John J. McRae, Reuben Davis, and Otho R. 8 By far, the person with the most power over Mississippi’s politics was the state’s governor, of which Mississippi had two during the Civil War.

1 Despite Davis’s pessimism in Washington, Mississippi’s state government in Jackson began the war with high tones of sovereignty and masculine rhetoric. But few if any histories of Mississippi’s Civil War have dealt with the state government’s function during the war. Bits and pieces appear in such seminal works as Bettersworth’s studies on the state and even in more modern works. Some military histories touch on the state government as well, but none look exclusively at the state’s officials and the role they played in the war and in governing Mississippi during the conflict.

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