OVERRIDE

Southern Invincibility

A History of the Confederate Heart

Wiley Sword

St. Martin's Griffin

Southern pride-the notion that the South's character distinguishes it from the rest of the country-had a profound impact on how and why Confederates fought the Civil War, and continued to mold their psyche after they had been defeated. In Southern Invincibility, award-winning historian Wiley Sword traces the roots of the South's belief in its own superiority and examines the ways in which that conviction contributed to the war effort, even when it became clear that the South would not win. Informed by thorough research, Southern Invincibility is the historical investigation of a psychology that continues to define the South.

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Southern Invincibility
Chapter OneAN OMINOUS CIRCUMSTANCEAlexander Frederick Fleet--"Fred" to his family and friends--was a precocious youth of seventeen and a student at the University of Virginia in the fall of 1860. Like many others, he regarded the election of Abraham Lincoln as a harbinger of terrible difficulties. Uppermost on everyone's mind was the burning question of the hour--should the Southern states secede? "Upon due recollection, I reckon [so]," lamented Fred in a letter home on November 10, 1860--"although I am not so certain ... . The South had better secede now, while she can
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"Through a combination of excellent writing and selection of the participants' words, Sword has provided us with a perception of the Southerner of the 1860s" --Charleston Post & Courier

"Sword's new book about the morale of civilian and military Confederates is a thorough and entertaining study." --Tampa Tribune-Times

"A compelling and nuanced accounting of the South's flawed confidence in its cause." --Kirkus Reviews

"Dramatic and moving...a frequently fascinating glimpse at the genesis and durability of such Southern myths as Confederate 'valor' and the 'lost cause.'" --Booklist

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  • Wiley Sword

  • Wiley Sword is the author of several Civil War histories, including Mountains Touched with Fire and Embrace an Angry Wind. He has won the Fletcher Pratt Prize for the best book of Civil War history and has been nominated for the Pulitzer, Parkman, Bancroft, and Western Heritage prizes. He lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
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