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War Within a War: The Confederacy Against Itself
War Within a War The Confederacy Against Itself Author:Carleton Beals The Great Legend of the Confederacy, that it was impoverished but united, defeated by economics, but never by ideas, still lingers on. — And -- hat's exactly what it is -- a legend! — Throughout the entire American Civil War, the "Solid South" was bursting at the seams. It was racked by ruinous military desertions, by rebellious mobs... more », by gangs of outlaws, by Union pockets of actual, armed resistance, by the crippling subversion of many of the Confederate state governors, by sabotage at all levels and by total apathy towards the war effort among many of the citizenry.
Carleton Beals, veteran author and one of America's finest interpreters of history, weaves a spell as he unfolds the untold story of the South that didn't rebel -- except against the Confederacy.« less
Another interesting book summarizing why it was actually a surprise that the Confederacy survived as long as it did. I have always thought that if the South had won the Civil War, it would only have been a matter of a few years, if not just months, before it would have split asunder into small 'countries,' if not just individual states. This book just reinforces that belief.
Unfortunately, while the author gives a bibliography, he does not reference statements in the text. However, if you read enough books on the war, most of what he states is supported in numerous other books.