The American Civil War: A Handbook of Literature and Research

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The collapse and retreat of the Confederate government and Davis's role therein has received scattered attention through the years. Burke Davis The Long Surrender ( 1985) details the retreat and the fate of Davis and the cabinet. Michael B. Ballard in A Long Shadow: Jefferson Davis and the Final Days of the Confederacy ( 1986) focuses on Davis's symbolic role during the retreat and resulting effects on his postwar image. A dated but still useful work is A. J. Hanna , Flight into Oblivion ( 1938). On Davis's capture by Union cavalry see David R. Barbee, "The Capture of Jefferson Davis" ( 1951); Chester D. Bradley, "Was Jefferson Davis Disguised as a Woman When Captured?" ( 1954); and Burton N. Harrison ( Davis's personal secretary), "The Capture of Jefferson Davis" ( 1883).

Davis's imprisonment after his capture is detailed in John J. Craven Prison Life of Jefferson Davis . . . ( 1866). A recent edition of Craven's book, edited by Edward K. Eckert and entitled "Fiction Distorting Fact: The Prison Life, Annotated by Jefferson Davis" ( 1987), contains comments written by Davis in the margins of his copy of Craven's book. Eckert also provides background commentary. (There is controversy regarding the authorship of Craven's book; see Eckert and also Ballard, A Long Shadow.) Other useful sources include Charles Minor Blackford, The Trials and Trial of Jefferson Davis ( 1901), and James E. Walmsley, ed., "Some Unpublished Letters of Burton N. Harrison" ( 1904).

There is still much study needed of Davis's postwar years and his emergence as a figure in the Lost Cause movement that swept the South in the latter part of the nineteenth century and remains much in evidence. Aside from sparse coverage in the Davis biographies, a sampling of available literature includes Charles Reagan Wilson, Baptized in Blood: The Religion of the Lost Cause, 1865-1920 ( 1980); Ballard, A Long Shadow; J. William Jones, The Davis Memorial Volume; or, Our Dead President, Jefferson Davis, and the World's Tribute to His Memory ( 1890); Thomas Connelly and Barbara L. Bellows, God and General Longstreet: The Lost Cause and the Southern Mind ( 1982); Michael B. Ballard , "Cheers for Jefferson Davis" ( 1981); Rollin G. Osterweis, The Myth of the Lost Cause, 1865-1900 ( 1973); and the volume that gave the Lost Cause identity and direction, Edward A. Pollard The Lost Cause: A New Southern History of the War of the Confederates ( 1866).


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Addey Markinfield. Life and Imprisonment of Jefferson Davis, together with the Life and Military Career of Stonewall Jackson. New York: M. Doolady, 1866.

Alexander Thomas B., and Richard E. Beringer. The Anatomy of the Confederate Congress: A Study of the Influence of Member Characteristics on Legislative Voting Behavior, 1861-1865. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 1972.

Alfriend Frank H. Life of Jefferson Davis. Philadelphia: National Publishing Company, 1868.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword James M. Mcpherson ix
  • Preface xi
  • Introduction Steven E. Woodworth xiii
  • Part I - General Secondary Sources 1
  • 1 - Surveys and Textbooks 3
  • Bibliography 9
  • 2 - General Reference Works 11
  • Bibliography 20
  • 3 - Bibliographies 23
  • Bibliography 27
  • 4 - Periodical Indexes 39
  • Bibliography 44
  • 5 - Genealogical Sources 46
  • Summary 52
  • Summary 52
  • Part II - General Primary Sources 57
  • 6 - Memoirs, Diaries, and Letters 59
  • Letters 73
  • 7 - Published Papers 75
  • Bibliography 83
  • 8 - Unpublished Manuscript Collections 85
  • Bibliography 94
  • Part III - Illustrative Materials 97
  • 9 - Maps, Charts, and Atlases 99
  • Bibliography 108
  • 10 - Photographs and Drawings 111
  • Bibliography 117
  • Part IV - Causation--Events Leading to the War 119
  • 11 - Slavery, Race, and Culture 121
  • Bibliography 128
  • 12 - Constitutional and Political Factors 131
  • Bibliography 141
  • 13 - Economic Factors 144
  • Bibliography 151
  • Part V - International Relations 155
  • 14 - Union International Relations 157
  • Bibliography 169
  • 15 - Confederate International Relations 177
  • Bibliography 184
  • Part VI - Leaders 187
  • 16 - Abraham Lincoln 189
  • Bibliography 200
  • 17 - Jefferson Davis 203
  • Bibliography 209
  • 18 - Union Civilian Leaders 216
  • Bibliography 225
  • 19 - Confederate Civilian Leaders 234
  • Bibliography 240
  • Part VII - Strategy and Tactics: Operations, Campaigns, and Battles 245
  • 20 - Eastern Theater 247
  • Bibliography 260
  • 21 - Western Theater 270
  • Bibliography 283
  • 22 - Trans-Mississippi Theater 287
  • Bibliography 295
  • 23 - War on Inland Waters 298
  • Bibliography 306
  • 24 - War at Sea 313
  • Bibliography 326
  • Part VIII - Conduct of the War 333
  • 25 - Leadership--Union Army Officers 335
  • Bibliography 341
  • 26 - Leadership--Confederate Army Officers 346
  • Bibliography 352
  • 27 - Leadership--Union Naval Officers 357
  • Bibliography 364
  • 28 - Leadership--Confederate Naval Officers 368
  • Bibliography 373
  • 29 - Modern War/Total War 379
  • Bibliography 387
  • 30 - Ordnance 390
  • Biblliography 400
  • 31 - Supplies 405
  • Conclusion 413
  • 32 - Intelligence Activities 419
  • Bibliography 428
  • 33 - Medical Activities 433
  • Suggested Areas for Future Research 445
  • 34 - Enlisted Soldiers 454
  • Bibliography 464
  • 35 - Prison Camps and Prisoners of War 466
  • Bibliography 475
  • Part IX - The Home Front 479
  • 36 - Northern State and Local Politics 481
  • Bibliography 490
  • 37 - Southern State and Local Politics 494
  • Bibliography 500
  • 38 - Industry, Agriculture, and the Economy 505
  • Bibliography 512
  • 39 - Northern Social Conditions 515
  • 40 - Southern Social Conditions 530
  • Bibliography 537
  • Part X - Reconstruction and Beyond 545
  • 41 - Southern Occupation 547
  • Bibliography 556
  • 42 - Economics 561
  • Bibliography 571
  • 43 - Emancipation, Freedmen, and the Freedmen's Bureau 576
  • Bibliography 584
  • 44 - Veterans' Organizations and Memories of the War 586
  • Notes 596
  • Part XI - Popular Media 601
  • 45 - Novels and Other Fictional Accounts 603
  • Conclusion 610
  • 46 - Films and Television 613
  • Bibliography 619
  • 47 - Musical and Narrative Recordings 620
  • Bibliography 657
  • Appendix - Publishers and Dealers of Civil War Literature 659
  • Index 679
  • Bout the Contributors 753
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