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Confederate home front : Montgomery during the Civil War
Rogers, William Warren, 1955-
Publication Information:
Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xiv, 208 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Montgomery on the eve of war -- The capital of the Confederacy -- A military post -- Life and labor in wartime -- The administration of a Confederate city -- Waging war on the home front -- Dissenting voices -- Military preparations deferred -- The end nears -- A city surrendered -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
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F334.M757 R64 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Examining the lives of the town's residents, this study provides a political, economic, social and commercial history of Montgomery, Alabama, from 1860 to 1865. The book begins by examining daily life before the war and ends with the situation in Montgomery as the Confederacy was disintegrating.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

In his new work, Rogers (Black Belt Scalawag: Charles Hays and the Southern Republicans in an Era of Reconstruction, LJ 8/93) provides an engaging account of Montgomery, AL, as the Confederacy's first capital (February to May 1861) and major rebel subsistence depot and railroad nexus. Rogers considers such aspects of Montgomery life as the effectiveness of city governments; the nature and extent of the contract work done by its businessmen and artisans for the Confederacy; the municipal constabulary's attempts to keep public order, control crime, and prevent price-gouging and hoarding; the spectrum of bawdy and respectable wartime entertainment; the hardships endured by the city's women; the contributions to the city's defense made by impressed slaves; and the charities undertaken by benevolent and interfaith societies. Rogers devotes an intriguing chapter to the plight of Union sympathizers. The final sections portray a city locked within a disintegrating nation and ripe for the taking. This book is crisply written, appropriately illustrated, and painstakingly researchedÄa fine effort, recommended for large public and academic libraries.ÄJohn Carver Edwards, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Athens (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Mounting interest in the impact of civilian morale on the Civil War's outcome has led to a spate of case studies of local community experiences during the conflict. Rogers (Gainesville College) examines Montgomery, Alabama, from its days as the Confederacy's first capital to its surrender to Union forces in April 1865. Relying principally on newspapers (although examining numerous other primary sources), he recounts wartime changes in the economy, commerce, city administration, military defense measures, and the personal lives of inhabitants. One chapter is devoted to Unionists (based on the Southern Claims Commission), but in general the voices of the pro-Confederate middle and upper classes predominate. Although half the population of the city was slaves, they appear only as dimly seen background laborers. Rogers's style is flat and reportorial. He neither probes beneath the surface of his sources nor analyzes their larger implications. Libraries collecting in Alabama history or serving Civil War researchers may find this book of interest. Upper-division undergraduates and above. P. F. Field; Ohio University