The Civilian War
Confederate Women and Union Soldiers during Sherman's March
256 pages /
6.00 x 9.00 inches /
Lisa Tendrich Frank received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Florida. She is the author and editor of numerous works relating to the Civil War, including Women in the American Civil War and the forthcoming The World of the Civil War: A Daily Life Encyclopedia.
Praise for The Civilian War
“The Civilian War focuses on slaveholding women and draws effectively from a rich source base of their diaries and letters as well as those of William T. Sherman, his men, and Confederate soldiers. . . . Frank achieves her goal of demonstrating that we cannot understand Sherman’s March, or the Civil War more generally, without gender.”—Civil War History
“Powerfully written and cogently argued, The Civilian War is an easy read and was clearly a labor of love for its author. Frank uses primarily sources written at the time and relies heavily on such gems as the journal of North Carolinian Catherine Edmondston. . . . By asking historians to focus less on the quantity of destruction and more on the specific cultural effects of Union invasion, this work pushes the dialogue forward in new and interesting ways.”—North Carolina Historical Review
“Lisa Frank is one of the history profession’s rising stars on the role of women in the Civil War. . . . Frank has provided a thought-provoking book using the lens of gender to examine the impact of Sherman’s marches on Southern society.”—Civil War News
“The strength of Frank’s work really emerges as she demonstrates the gendered and class-based approach Sherman took as his troops made their way through the area and interacted with the local women. . . . In developing The Civilian War, Frank painstakingly examined hundreds of sources for her argument and carefully crafts the parameters of her study. . . . Lisa Tendrich Frank’s The Civilian War adds a needed perspective to the fields of gender studies and military history. Her meticulous work demonstrates Sherman’s campaign targeted the wealthy as well as the ideals of white womanhood, bringing war into the domestic realm.”—Civil War Book Review
“Frank, in her sparkling presentation about the gendered nature of Sherman’s march and the reactions it provoked among elite southern women, has shown yet another important facet of the Civil War. It is essential reading about the southern homefront in the last years of the war.”—American Historical Review
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