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David Christopher Williard
University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN 55105-1096)

Confederate Soldiers and Southern Society, 1860-1880

This project traces the paths that former Confederate soldiers took in attempting to reclaim control over their lives and their relationship to southern society at large after the Civil War. Participation in the war gave men status, purpose, a sense of worth in the eyes of their families and white southern society at large, and investment in a collective endeavor. Defeat shattered Confederate soldiers’ self-image and led soldiers to doubt the purpose of their sacrifices, to believe that hardships came unequally, and to question whether their society had any right to determine the status of men whose experiences it did not understand. At the war’s conclusion, the links of ideology and experience that had bound Confederate soldiers and civilians together stood largely broken. The consequences of this division became evident in the postwar South, resulting in domestic fractures, challenges to law and governance, and the most violent peacetime decade in American history.

Project fields:
History, General; Military History; U.S. History

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2014 – 8/31/2014