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Product Details

  • Series: Mercer University Lamar Memorial Lectures
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820345407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820345406
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #968,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Once again, Gary Gallagher, the master essayist on the Civil War, has given us wonderful food for thought on the nature of Confederate nationalism. Through three cross-generational test cases—R. E. Lee, Dodson Ramseur, and Jubal Early—Gallagher penetrates the thicket of state versus national loyalty in the Confederacy and emerges with some fascinating insights about the nationalizing power of slavery and the war and the persistence of Confederate national sentiment in the postwar years."—Joseph T. Glatthaar, author of Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia: A Statistical Portrait of the Troops Who Served under Robert E. Lee


"These three powerful portraits, painted with bold strokes and evocative detail, bear the unmistakable marks of Gary Gallagher's mastery of the historical craft. The decisions made by these men help us understand the decisions all white southerners faced in the era of the Civil War."—Edward L. Ayers, author of In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863, winner of the Bancroft Prize


"In this slim volume, based upon his 2011 Lamar Lectures delivered at Mercer University, Gary W. Gallagher offers major new insights into how we should understand the Civil War soldier and his core motivations. . . . At one level, Gallagher offers valuable interpretive capsule biographies of the lives of three celebrated Confederate officers: Robert E. Lee, Stephen Dodson Ramseur, and Jubal A. Early. Even readers familiar with all three men will find new nuggets in each chapter. But in a broader sense, Becoming Confederates proposes a template for assessing the behavior of the Civil War participants, both military and civilian."—Matt Gallman, Civil War Monitor


"While Gallagher’s examinations of this trio of men are interesting enough, it is the broader argument for which they serve as a base that is the true value of the book: namely, that the Civil War was not a conflict between regional entities (i.e., North vs. South), but rather between fleshed-out nations—'the United States versus the Confederacy'. . . . An excellent addition to Civil War scholarship." —Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Gary W. Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia. He is the author of many books on the Civil War, including most recently The Union War and Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Bonafield on September 20, 2013
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Anything written by Gary Gallagher commands attention from serious students of the conflict, but this particular study (presented initially as a paper) is especially welcome. In exploring the Confederate loyalties of three distinctly different personalities and intellects, Gallagher gives us a deeper understanding of the commitments each of these leaders brought to the cause. Executed with the author's signature erudition, the book is, I believe, a critically important addition to our understanding of what it meant to be Confederate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Acs on September 24, 2013
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Not everyone in the South went into the War Between the States with the same viewpoints. Gallagher shows three Confederate leaders' viewpoints and the contrasts between them.
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By 4moreshelflife on February 15, 2014
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Just exactly what the title says. This book is the individual walk to confederate prominence of these Civil War leaders and heroes. Worth the read and from one of the best Civil War authors, if not the best today. Would love to sit in Professor Gallagher's lectures.
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