Virginians at War is the tale of seven Virginians who strongly supported the Confederacy from beginning to end. Their stories illustrate how devotion to the "cause" of independence, religious faith, family and community commitment to the struggle, and shared sacrifices tied these people to the flagging fortunes of the Confederacy. Included here are stories of both men and women, on the battlefield and on the homefront. John G. Selby describes in vivid prose their seven intriguing lives based on their diary entries, letters, and memoirs. Through the lives of these men and women, readers will come to understand what the war meant to those who fought and survived it. About the Author Dr. John G. Selby is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his work in American and world history. In his twenty-two year career, he has taught on modern America, the Civil War, the Vietnam War, modern Middle East, and world history. He is currently professor of history at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.
John G. Selby is professor of history at Roanoke College.
Chapter 1 Prologue-Virginia on the Eve of Secession, Winter 1860-61 Chapter 2 "Let Us Close Up Our Ranks," April-May 1861 Chapter 3 They Also Serve: The Home Front, June 1861 Chapter 4 First Blood: Manassas, July 1861 Chapter 5 The Winter of Discontent, 1861-62 Chapter 6 Confederate Resurgence, Spring and Summer 1862 Chapter 7 Confederate Offensive, Summer and Fall 1862 Chapter 8 "Our Strength Was Equal to Our Day:" Civilian Life, May 1862-May 1863 Chapter 9 The High-Water Mark of the Confederacy? Winter Quarters, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg Chapter 10 A Time to Rest and Rebuild, August 1863-April 1864 Chapter 11 "All Our Sore Trials:" Civilians Endure the Third Year of the War Chapter 12 "A Season of Slaughter:" From the Wilderness to Petersburg, May-October 1864 Chapter 13 Missed Opportunities: The Second Valley Campaign, Summer and Fall 1864 Chapter 14 The Longest Year and the Hardest Winter, 1864-65 Chapter 15 The Final Days of the Army of Northern Virginia, March 25-April 21, 1865 Chapter 16 The Building Years, 1865-1885 Chapter 17 The Reflective Years, 1885-1921 Chapter 18 Epilogue-Character Endures