The South vs. the South: How Anti-Confederate Southerners Shaped the Course of the Civil War

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Published as Gary W. Gallagher, The Confederate War: How Popular Will, Nationalism, and Military Strategy Could Not Stave Off Defeat (Cambridge, MA, 1997), esp. pp. 3–;4, 12. Professor Gallagher's analysis has led me to qualify the interpretation of white Confederate dissidence in my preliminary foray into the Why-the-Confederacy-Lost puzzle, “The Divided South, the Causes of Confederate Defeat, and the Reintegration of Narrative History, ”William W. Freehling, The Reintegration of American History: Slavery and the Civil War (New York, 1994), ch. 10.
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The exceptions among Confederate whites do not necessarily contradict Gary Gallagher's subtle, guarded way of putting his thesis; he admits “substantial evidence of discontent” (p. 12). But is the issue whether most Confederate whites long supported the cause? If so, Gallagher's most stands invulnerable to critics who dwell on the “substantial” minority of Confederate white dissenters. Or is the issue whether the undermanned Confederacy could afford the “substantial” discontent among its own whites, particularly in view of the far more substantial discontent among other Southerners? If so, Gallagher's most stands partially vulnerable to several impressive analyses of white Confederate dissidence, cited below, ch. 8, note 5., p. 224.

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