A Good Southerner: The Life of Henry A. Wise of Virginia

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Acknowledgments

Of the many obligations I have incurred over the years, none are now more cheerfully acknowledged than to the five men who taught me: Frank O'Malley and Marshall Smelser at Notre Dame, both now deceased, the late David M. Potter, and Don E. Fehrenbacher and Carl N. Degler at Stanford. I would also like to recognize special debts to Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Wright and to Barton J. Bernstein of Stanford University. William W. Freehling of The Johns Hopkins University has been a constant source of encouragement and inspiration over the years. I have profited much from the support and counsel of Eugene D. Genovese of the University of Rochester, Bertram Wyatt-Brown of the University of Florida, and Michael F. Holt of the University of Virginia. At crucial moments I received important aid from Whitman Ridgway of the University of Maryland, Willie Lee Rose of The Johns Hopkins University, Wythe Holt of the University of Alabama Law School, Thomas Belser of Auburn University, John O'Brien of Dalhousie University, Nettie Lee Benson of the University of Texas, John Craig of the University of Chicago, Stanley Engerman of the University of Rochester, Tom Dillard of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Curtis Carroll Davis of Baltimore.

I also wish to express my deep appreciation to the staffs of the following libraries and archives, in particular: National Archives, Washington, D.C. (especially Michael P. Musick of the Military Archives Division); Manuscripts Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (especially Chuck Cooney, a former employee); Virginia Historical Society, Richmond (especially John M. Jennings, Howson W. Cole, Waverly K. Winfree, Vir­ ginius C. Hall, Jr., and the late James A. Fleming--and most especially to a loyal friend and counselor, the late William M. E. Rachal); Virginia State Library, Richmond (especially William G. Ray, Paul I. Chestnut, and a dear friend, Gwynne Tayloe); Alderman Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville; Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (especially Carolyn Wallace and a dear friend and former employee, Ellen Garrison); the William R. Perkins Library, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (especially Mattie Russell); the D. B. Weldon Library, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada (especially George Robinson, Jerry

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Maps x
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgments xvii
  • Chapter 1 the Character and Politics of a Young Virginian 3
  • Chapter 2 a Long Farewell to Jackson 16
  • Chapter 3 Defending Shaky Outposts 29
  • Chapter 4 Supporting Tyler and Escaping the Consequences 45
  • Chapter 5 the Good Slaveholder 61
  • Chapter 6 Political Compromise and the Protection of Slavery 78
  • Chapter 7 Political Entitlements 87
  • Chapter 8 Saving Virginia, Preserving the Union 106
  • Chapter 9 a Futile Effort to Revive the Old Dominion 135
  • Chapter 10 Kansas 157
  • Chapter 11 Two Men at Harpers Ferry 203
  • Chapter 12 Failed Hope and the Choice of War 219
  • Chapter 13 Steadfast to the Last 252
  • Chapter 14 Confederate Past, Yankee Future 285
  • Abbreviations 315
  • Notes 319
  • Bibliography 395
  • Index 435
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