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Seasons of War: The Ordeal of the Confederate Community, 1861-1865 Hardcover – December 4, 1995

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Sutherland, professor of history at the University of Arkansas, tells the story of the Civil War from the perspective of a single community. Virginia's Culpepper County was never the site of a major battle. Located between the Rapidan and Rappahannock rivers, it was, however, a focal point for both armies between 1861 and 1865. Occupied repeatedly by the Union, it remained strongly Confederate in its sympathies. Sutherland's use of the present tense highlights the county's sustaining of a complex racial, social and economic structure despite externally imposed conscription, taxes, requisitions and confiscations. As armies marched, life went on. Property changed hands. Marriages were solemnized and dissolved. Men went to war. Some died. Some returned?with or without government sanction. Even for communities directly in its path, the book suggests, the Civil War was a good deal less than a total war. Photos not seen by PW.
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Sutherland (history, Univ. of Arkansas), the author of Confederate Carpetbaggers (LJ 6/15/88), relates the experiences of Culpeper County, Virginia, during the Civil War. He engages the reader by using the present tense, lending a sense of immediacy to the described events. The reader is made to care about the people of Culpeper, whose words and thoughts are extensively quoted. Sutherland details both civilian and military life, sometimes agonizingly so, as after the Battle of Cedar Mountain. The title refers to the four seasons of the year, reflecting the rising and waning fortunes of the Confederacy. A grim tale but a top-notch book; highly recommended.?Robert A. Curtis, Taylor Memorial P.L., Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: The Free Press; First Edition edition (December 4, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028740432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028740430
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,370,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 1996
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great find for anyone desiring to get the southern civilian's perspective on the Civil War. Professor Sutherland deserves praise for his efforts in finding an incredible depth of resources to tell the story of a Confederate community, which, by virtue of its strategic location, found itself in the heart of this enormous conflict. The perspective Professor Sutherland brings to his subject gives this book a "readability" that easily separates it from many other civil war histories. The book really shines in its depiction of the affect the war had on the civilian population. In addition, this book details the beginnings of the concept of "total war" as created and put in force by the Union General, Pope (a new book is due soon from Sutherland on just this subject). This book shares the side of the conflict that is not normally exposed. Tales of unionists, free blacks and slaves in the area during the war are depicted along side the narrative of a proud Southern community as it anticipates victory only to see the inevitable conclusion. Located close to many battlefields, as well as being home to significant battles at Cedar Mountain and Brandy Station, Professor Sutherland points out that Culpeper was, perhaps, the community most affected by the war.
A great book - easy to read and informative. When you are finished, you will have learned a bit more about this nation and the forces that have made us what we are today.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Doug Ehman on February 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
I live in Culpeper County, Virginia and am extremely familiar with local history. I live a half mile from Amissville and 1 mile from Waterloo, two communities that are mentioned in the book.
This book is well documented and right on the money in virtually all aspects; historical content, accuracy and sequencing. This book is highly recommended for those wishing to get an unvarnished perspective of the impact of the Civil War on a typical community caught in the crossfire of the Lost Cause.
Excellent reading.
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