The Civil War in Georgia: A New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion

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The Civil War in Georgia: A New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion


Derbes, Brett J., The Journal of Southern History


The Civil War in Georgia: A New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion. Edited by John C. Inscoe. (Athens, Ga., and London: Published by University of Georgia Press in association with the Georgia Humanities Council and the University System of Georgia/GALILEO, 2011. Pp. [xiv], 305. Paper, $22.95, ISBN 978-0-8203-3981-8; cloth, $69.95, ISBN 978-0-8203-4138-5.) In commemoration of the Civil War sesquicentennial, the collaborative partners of the online New Georgia Encyclopedia (www.georgiaencyclopedia.org) compiled this printed companion containing born-digital articles by more than sixty "scholars, students, and history enthusiasts" (p. xi). John C. Inscoe has skillfully edited and arranged seventy-three topics into three sections: "Prelude to War," "The War Years," and "The War's Legacy." The result is a valuable resource that provides concise information on major social, political, and military events from the antebellum era through Reconstruction in the "Empire State of the South" (p. 129). Following a brief overview, Part 1 explores in great detail the topics of slavery, the Georgia Platform, and secession in January 1861. …

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