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The Seventh Star of the Confederacy: Texas during the Civil War

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Author: Edited by Kenneth W. Howell
ISBN: 978-1574412598
Original Region: United States
Original Language: English
Publication Date: 2010
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On February 1, 1861, delegates at the Texas Secession Convention elected to leave the Union. The people of Texas supported the actions of the convention in a statewide referendum, paving the way for the state to secede and to officially become the seventh state in the Confederacy. Soon the Texans found themselves engaged in a bloody and prolonged civil war against their northern brethren. During the course of this war, the lives of thousands of Texans, both young and old, were changed forever.

This new anthology, edited by Kenneth W. Howell, incorporates the latest scholarly research on how Texans experienced the war. Eighteen contributors take us from the battlefront to the home front, ranging from inside the walls of a Confederate prison to inside the homes of women and children left to fend for themselves while their husbands and fathers were away on distant battlefields, and from the halls of the governor’s mansion to the halls of the county commissioner’s court in Colorado County. Also explored are well-known battles that took place in or near Texas, such as the Battle of Galveston, the Battle of Nueces, the Battle of Sabine Pass, and the Red River Campaign. Finally, the social and cultural aspects of the war receive new analysis, including the experiences of women, African Americans, Union prisoners of war, and noncombatants.

About Author:

KENNETH W. HOWELL is an assistant professor at Prairie View A&M University. He received his Ph.D. in history from Texas A&M University and also taught there as a visiting assistant professor. He is the author of Texas Confederate, Reconstruction Governor: James Webb Throckmorton and coauthor ofThe Devil’s Triangle: Ben Bickerstaff, Northeast Texans, and the War of Reconstruction in Texas andBeyond Myths and Legends: A Narrative History of Texas.

Reviews:

“Among the strongest essays in the collection are James Smallwood’s piece on Texas’s role in the secession crisis, Gary Joiner’s work on the role of Texas cavalry in the Red River Campaign, and Vicki Bett’s discussion of the role played by families of Texas soldiers.”—New Mexico Historical Review

“With its sweeping coverage of military, political, economic, and social issues and subjects, there’s something new for scholars and interested readers of all stripes. This is the best Texas Civil War essay compilation I’ve encountered. Highly recommended.”—Civil War Books and Authors

Award:

The A. M. Pate, Jr. Award in Civil War History, 2009

Hardcover: 464 pages

Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm

Excerpt from the origin:

[TABLE OF CONTENTS]

PART I: A HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF TEXAS AND THE CIVIL WAR

Alwyn Barr - THE IMPACT OF NEW STUDIES ABOUT TEXAS AND TEXANS ON CIVIL WAR HISTORIOGRAPHY

Archie P. McDonald - THE CIVIL WAR AND THE LONE STAR STATE: A BRIEF OVERVIEW

PART II: THE TIME FOR COMPROMISE HAS PASSED

James M. Smallwood – THE IMPENDING CRISIS: A TEXAS PERSPECTIVE ON THE CAUSES OF THE CIVIL WAR

Linda S. Hudson - THE KNIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN CIRCLE IN TEXAS, 1858-1861: AN ANALYSIS OF THE FIRST (MILITARY) DEGREE KNIGHTS

PART III: IN SIGHT OF MY ENEMY

John W. Gorman - FRONTIER DEFENSE: ENLISTMENT PATTERNS FOR THE TEXAS FRONTIER REGIMENTS IN THE CIVIL WAR

Mary Jo O'Rear - RECKONING AT THE RIVER: UNIONISTS AND SECCESSIONISTS ON THE NUECES, AUGUST 10, 1862

Donald Willett - WITHOUT A FIGHT: THE EIGHTY-FOUR DAY UNION OCCUPATION OF GALVESTON, TEXAS

Edward T. Cotham, Jr. – "NOTHING BUT DISASTER": THE FAILURE OF UNION PLANS TO CAPTURE TEXAS

Charles D. Spurlin - HIDE YOUR DAUGHTERS: THE YANKEES HAVE ARRIVED IN THE COASTAL BEND, 1863

Charles D. Grear - RED AND WHITE FIGHTING THE BLUE: RELATIONS BETWEEN TEXANS AND CONFEDERATE INDIANS

Gary D. Joiner - DEFENDING THE LONE STAR: THE TEXAS CAVALRY IN THE RED RIVER CAMPAIGN

James M. Smallwood - PRISON CITY, CAMP FORD: LARGEST CONFEDERATE PRISONER-OF-WAR CAMP IN THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI

PART IV: POLITICAL, SOCIAL, AND CULTURAL LIFE DURING THE WAR

Kenneth E. Hendrickson, Jr. - THE CONFEDERATE GOVERNORS OF TEXAS

Vicki Betts – "A SACRED CHARGE UPON OUR HANDS": ASSISTING THE FAMILIES OF CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS IN TEXAS, 1861-1865

Ronald E. Goodwin and Bruce A. Glasrud - ON THE EDGE OF FIRST FREEDOMS: BLACK TEXANS AND THE CIVIL WAR

Carol Taylor - FEED THE TROOPS OR FIGHT THE DROUGHT: THE DILEMMA TEXAS BEEF CONTRACTORS FACED IN 1861-1865

Bill Stein - DISTRESS, DISCONTENT, AND DISSENT: COLORADO COUNTY, TEXAS, DURING THE CIVIL WAR

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