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Guarding Greensboro: A Confederate Company in the Making of a Southern Community Hardcover – August 25, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0820325057 ISBN-10: 0820325058 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 330 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press; First Edition edition (August 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820325058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820325057
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,310,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A well-thought-out study of how the Civil War fit into community life in the Alabama plantation belt. This prodigiously researched book demonstrates how trauma solidified the white population, for better or worse."--Michael Fitzgerald, author of Urban Emancipation: Popular Politics in Reconstruction Mobile, 1860-1890

“Employing a novel and immensely promising approach, Hubbs places the Greensboro Guards within the context of the community from which they emerged, which they represented in Confederate service, and to which they returned at the end of the war."--Gary W. Gallagher, author of Lee and His Army in Confederate History

"[A] well-done model of local history."--Choice

"Hubbs uses meticulous research to identify the elements of social cohesion that produced tile settlement and united its white population. . . . A significant contribution to the study of the South, the Civil War, and the meaning and importance of community in historical context."--Georgia Historical Quarterly

“Civil War historians of all backgrounds should move Hubbs's study . . . into the must read column of their book lists."--Barton A. Myers, H-Net South

"Hubbs has done a remarkable job. In his exploration of this small Alabama town and the role the volunteer military company played in fostering community identity, Hubbs underscores some of the powerful themes of the nineteenth-century Southern experience. . . . A compelling and useful addition to homefront literature."--Robert B. Gilpin, H-Net Civil War

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G. Ward Hubbs is an assistant professor and archivist at Birmingham-Southern College and the editor of Voices from Company D: Diaries by the Greensboro Guards, Fifth Alabama Infantry Regiment, Army of Northern Virginia (Georgia).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joe on January 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book provides fascinating insight into how a diverse group of individualists including speculators, slaveholding farmers, Jewish merchants, physicians, college students, workmen, European immigrants, and others united for common causes and in turn created a community. Also it does yeoman service in dispelling many of the cherished preconceptions and myths of both lovers of the South and her detractors. By focusing on a small town the author has created a metaphor for hundreds if not thousands of other American communities that arose in the Nineteenth Century.
I recommend this book for everyone. It is a satisfying read for the academic as well as the casual student of history and the War Between the States.
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