Kirby Smith's Confederacy: The TransMississippi South, 1863-1865
University of Alabama Press, 1991
Library of Congress Classification E470.9.K42 1991
Dewey Decimal Classification 973.33
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Offers a case study of a segment of American society that consumed itself by surrendering everything in pursuit of unattainable military victory
With the surrender of Vicksburg in July 1863, the Confederacy’s TransMississippi Department, which included Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, western Louisiana, and Indian Territory, was cut off from the remainder of the South. Robert Kerby’s insightful volume, originally published in 1972, “has gone far toward filling one of the most conspicuous gaps in the literature on the Confederacy,” according to The Journal of Southern History.
Kerby investigates the many factors that led to the Department’s disintegrating and offers a case study of a segment of American society that consumed itself by surrendering everything, including its principles and ideals, in pursuit of an unattainable military victory.
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