Category Archives: U.S. Civil War

Exploring Mississippi Experiences during the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction

Some home fronts were as divided as the nation during the Civil War, and in states like Mississippi, over 17,000 men fought for the Union. To be clear, the vast majority of Mississippi men served the Confederacy, but 17,000 is no small number. Continue reading

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Why We Need to Study Soldiers and Families

In honor of today’s release of her latest book, Hood’s Texas Brigade: The Soldiers and Families of the Confederacy’s Most Celebrated Unit, Dale Center co-director Susannah Ural reflects on a new approach to writing unit histories. by Susannah J. Ural, … Continue reading

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Let Us Speak of What We Have Done

Editor’s note: In the October 2017 issue of Civil War Times magazine, Dale Center co-director Dr. Susannah J. Ural was invited along with 14 other leading Civil War scholars to offer her thoughts on the current debate over Confederate memorials. The … Continue reading

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“Evanescent Courage”: The Fire Zouaves Go To War

by Lesley J. Gordon, Guest Contributor When the American Civil War began, and heady martialism swept the nation, twenty-four year old Elmer Ellsworth sought to raise a regiment of Zouaves. Based on French Algerian troops, Zouaves were trained in precision … Continue reading

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If These Walls Could Talk: The Beauvoir Veteran Project at the University of Southern Mississippi

by Susannah Ural In 1953, Nancy Hawkins Sellers entered the Jefferson Davis Soldier Home in Biloxi, Mississippi, known more famously as “Beauvoir.” It was created to care for impoverished Confederate veterans, as well as their wives and widows, who had … Continue reading

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