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By Jeffery J. Rogers

Historians of the yankee Civil battle have debated quite a lot of questions raised by way of the struggle and its consequence. None were extra vigorously argued as these surrounding its end result. one of many prime factors for accomplice defeat has been the argument that the Civil battle South lacked a countrywide identification. relating to and aiding this argument is the rivalry that the Civil battle South did not produce a different and colourful literary tradition. those contentions were challenged through a starting to be physique of literature which argues that the Civil conflict South did produce a feeling of cultural and nationwide id. This publication provides to this counter present via an exam of the Civil conflict reports and writings of the Antebellum South's best literary determine. unusually, given William Gilmore Simms' famous prestige sooner than the battle, his existence and paintings in the course of the process the battle itself has been understudied. This exam finds the intensity and volume to which Simms not just supported the accomplice warfare attempt yet how Simms conceptualized and articulated a imaginative and prescient of accomplice nationalism.

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