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The War Hits Home: The Civil War in Southeastern Virginia.

WILLS, Brian Steel.

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ISBN 10: 0813920272 / ISBN 13: 9780813920276
Published by University Press of Virginia [2001], Charlottesville, 2001
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Small 4to. Blue cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xiv, 345pp. Illustrations, maps, map endpapers. Near fine/fine. A tight and handsome first edition of this volume in editor James I. Robertson Jr.'s "A Nation Divided: New Studies in Civil War History" series. Boldly inscribed and signed by the author in black fineline on the title page: "Ralph -- / I enjoyed meeting you / again and getting to know / you on the Delta Queen. / Enjoy with my best wishes, / Brian Wills / Sept. 25, 2005." "Ralph" is noted medical history scholar and pediatric infectious disease specialist Ralph C. Gordon. Bookseller Inventory # 37423

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Title: The War Hits Home: The Civil War in ...

Publisher: University Press of Virginia [2001], Charlottesville

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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In 1863 Confederate forces under Lieutenant General James Longstreet, while scouring Southside Virginia for badly needed supplies, threatened the Union garrison in Suffolk. For the residents of surrounding Nansemond, Isle of Wight, and Southampton Counties, the Suffolk campaign followed an exhausting and deadly pattem. Already subjected to the demands of waves of soldiers, first Southern recruits and then Union occupation troops, the people of the region faced the severest tests the Civil War could impose upon human beings. In The War Hits Home, Brian Steel Wills tells the story of these real people in the crucible of war. Reconstructing life for soldiers from the region on the battlefield and for civilians in the homes of southeastern Virginia, Wills provides a full depiction of what life was like for the ordinary person-black, white, soldier, citizen, Unionist, or secessionist-contending with domestic, economic, social, and military hardship in the contest of sectionalism and war. Wills employs their individual experiences to illustrate the impact of the war on a human scale, on soldiers and their relatives, North and South. We witness battlefield horror and family despair, African Americans' embrace of freedom, and the persistence of Confederate nationalism among most whites in the region. Taken as a whole, The War Hits Home is a sweeping but extraordinarily detailed canvas of a fractured American South.

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