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The Civil War in Louisiana: The Home Front
Volume V, Part B of The Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Series in Louisiana History

Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr. (editor)
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Collection of top scholarly essays, articles, and chapters related to the Louisiana home front during the Civil War.

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
The Civil War wrought extensive damage throughout Louisiana and created widespread hardship and suffering for those living in a war zone. In this volume, Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr. outlines the impact of the War Between the States on Loui-siana's politics, economy, and society. While not a major battleground, the state was of critical strategic importance to both the Union and the Confederacy because of its vital waterway, the Mississippi River.

A state divided, with Union forces occupying New Orleans and Baton Rouge and a separate Confederate government administering in the state's central and northern regions, Louisiana's fragmented political apparatus worked to alleviate the stresses of war on the state's civilian population. The Pelican State's rural Union and Confederate governments also schemed to control the regional economy, most notably its human capital, slaves, and its major money-maker, cotton.

The ravages of war left many Louisianians without food, shelter, or a means of support. This volume highlights the problems created by the Union's naval block-ade in the port of New Orleans and the destruction of the state's transportation infra-structure, which created pockets of impoverished people. With the invading Union troops came waves of black refugees, newly freed from their lives of slavery and ill-equipped to support themselves. Contributing to the bleak economic situation in larger Louisiana cities, these freedmen also needed the food, shelter, and clothing provided by the wartime administrations.

The Home Front presents the reader with a broad picture of life in Louisiana from 1861 to 1865 and illustrates the state's critical importance to the formation of the Confederate States of America and the preservation of the United States of America. By moving the focus behind the battle line, this volume reveals the dispa-rate loyalties and experiences of the peoples of Louisiana during the Civil War.

Editor Arthur Bergeron has collected the best recent scholarship on Louisiana's economic, political, and social systems during the War Between the States. This landmark work is essential for every Civil War library.

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CONTENTS

Politics, Society, and Economics

Confederates and Yankees in Occupied New Orleans, 1862-1865
by Gerald M. Capers, Jr.

Who Won the Secession Election in Louisiana?
by Charles B. Dew

Tragedy on Buzzard's Prairie
by David C. Edmonds

Friction in New Orleans: General Butler versus the Spanish Consul
by Clifford L. Egan

African-American Music and Muskets in Civil War New Orleans
by Mary Ellison

A Strategic Railroad: The New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern in the Civil War
by Lawrence E. Estaville, Jr.

John A. Stevenson: Confederate Adventurer
by Judith F. Gentry

White Gold: The Confederate Government and Cotton in Louisiana
by Judith F. Gentry

Patriotism Frustrated: The Native Guards of Confederate Natchitoches
by Gary B. Mills

"To Come Forward and Aid in Putting Down This Unholy Rebellion": The Officers of Louisiana's Free Black Native Guard During the Civil War Era
by Manoj K. Joshi and Joseph P. Reidy

The Free Market of New Orleans, 1861-1862
by Mary Elizabeth Massey

Alien Neutrality and the Red River Campaign: A Study of Cases Heard Before the International Claims Commission
by Gary B. Mills

Alexandria, Louisiana: A "Confederate" City at War with Itself
by Gary B. Mills

The Operations of Captain N. A. Birge, Confederate Quartermaster at Monroe, Louisiana, 1862-1863
by James L. Nichols

The Black Family in Transition: Louisiana, 1860-1865
by C. Peter Ripley

Louisiana and Secession
by Charles P. Roland

Louisiana Clergy and the Confederate Army
by Sidney J. Romero

The Wartime Administration of Governor Henry W. Allen
by Amos E. Simpson and Vincent Cassidy

Shreveport, Louisiana: 1861-1865; From Secession to Surrender
by Perry A. Snyder

Discontent in Confederate Louisiana
by Ethel Harris Taylor

States Rights in Confederate Louisiana
by Ethel Harris Taylor

Slavery in Louisiana During the Civil War
by Joe Gray Taylor

Free Negroes and the Freedmen: Black Politics in New Orleans During the Civil War
by Ted Tunnell

Extinguishing the Lights: The Teche District
by Carol Wells

Extinguishing the Lights: 1861
by Carol Wells

The Union Defends the Confederacy: The Fighting Printers of New Orleans
by Billy H. Wyche

Demands of the New Orleans Free Colored Population for Political Equality, 1862-1865
by Donald E. Everett

Dennis Haynes and His "Thrilling Narrative of the Sufferings of... the Martyrs of Liberty of Western Louisiana"
by Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr.

The New Orleans German Colony in the Civil War

by Robert T. Clark, Jr.

State Aid for Indigent Soldiers and Their Families in Louisiana, 1861-1865
by William Frank Zornow

Trials and Tribulations: American Missionary Association Teachers and BlackEducation in Occupied New Orleans, 1863-1864
by Patricia Brady

Difficulties of Civil War Sugar Planting in Louisiana
by Charles P. Roland

"I Would Rather Be Among the Comanches:" The Military Occupation of Southwest Louisiana, 1865
by Michael G. Wade

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MORE BOOK INFO
ISBN: 1887366520
ISBN(13-digit): 9781887366526
Copyright: 2004
Library of Congress: 96-84494
Book Publisher: Center for Louisiana Studies
Binding: Sewn
No. of Pages: 446



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