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Civil War Petersburg - Confederate City in the Crucible of Civil War (Hardcover) Loot Price: R694
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Civil War Petersburg - Confederate City in the Crucible of Civil War (Hardcover): A. Wilson Greene

Civil War Petersburg - Confederate City in the Crucible of Civil War (Hardcover)

A. Wilson Greene

Series: Nation Divided - New Studies in Civil War History

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Few wartime cities in Virginia held more importance than Petersburg. Nonetheless, the city has, until now, lacked an adequate military history, let alone a history of the civilian home front. The noted Civil War historian A. Wilson Greene now provides an expertly researched, eloquently written study of the city that was second only to Richmond in size and strategic significance. Industrial, commercial, and extremely prosperous, Petersburg was also home to a large African American community, including the state's highest percentage of free blacks. On the eve of the Civil War, the city elected a conservative, pro-Union approach to the sectional crisis. Little more than a month before Virginia's secession did Petersburg finally express pro-Confederate sentiments, at which point the city threw itself wholeheartedly into the effort, with large numbers of both white and black men serving. Over the next four years, Petersburg's citizens watched their once-beautiful city become first a conduit for transient soldiers from the Deep South, then an armed camp, and finally the focus of one of the Civil War's most protracted and damaging campaigns. (The fall of Richmond and collapse of the Confederate war effort in Virginia followed close on Grant's ultimate success in Petersburg.) At war's end, Petersburg's antebellum prosperity evaporated under pressures from inflation, chronic shortages, and the extensive damage done by Union artillery shells. Greene's book tracks both Petersburg's civilian experience and the city's place in Confederate military strategy and administration. Employing scores of unpublished sources, the book weaves a uniquely personal story of thousands of citizens--free blacks, slaves and their holders, factory owners, merchants--all of whom shared a singular experience in Civil War Virginia.

General

Imprint: University of Virginia Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: Nation Divided - New Studies in Civil War History
Release date: December 2006
First published: 2007
Authors: A. Wilson Greene
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 28mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
ISBN-13: 978-0-8139-2570-7
Categories: Books > Humanities > History > World history > 1750 to 1900
Books > Humanities > History > American history > 1800 to 1900
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Military history
Books > Social sciences > Warfare & defence > War & defence operations > Civil war
Books > History > American history > 1800 to 1900
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Military history
Books > History > World history > 1750 to 1900
LSN: 0-8139-2570-3
Barcode: 9780813925707

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