Hood'S Texas Brigade (eBook)
The Soldiers And Families Of The Confederacy'S Most Celebrated Unit
de Susannah J. Ural
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One of the most effective units to fight on either side of the Civil War, the Texas Brigade of the Army of Northern Virginia served under Robert E. Lee from the Seven Days Battles in 1862 to the surrender at Appomattox in 1865. InHoods Texas Brigade, Susannah J. Ural presents a nontraditional unit history that traces the experiences of these soldiers and their families to gauge the wars effect on them and to understand their role in the white Souths struggle for independence.
According to Ural, several factors contributed to the Texas Brigades extraordinary success: the units strong self-identity as Confederates; the mutual respect among the junior officers and their men; a constant desire to maintain their reputation not just as Texans but as the top soldiers in Robert E. Lees army; and the fact that their families matched the mens determination to fight and win. Using the letters, diaries, memoirs, newspaper accounts, official reports, and military records of nearly 600 brigade members, Ural argues that the average Texas Brigade volunteer possessed an unusually strong devotion to southern independence: whereas most Texans and Arkansans fought in the West or Trans- Mississippi West, members of the Texas Brigade volunteered for a unit that moved them over a thousand miles from home, believing that they would exert the greatest influence on the wars outcome by fighting near the Confederate capital in Richmond. These volunteers also took pride in their place in, or connections to, the slave-holding class that they hoped would secure their financial futures. While Confederate ranks declined from desertion and fractured morale in the last years of the war, this belief in a better lifealbeit one built through slave labor kept the Texas Brigade more intact than other units.
Hoods Texas Brigade challenges key historical arguments about soldier motivation, volunteerism and desertion, home-front morale, and veterans postwar adjustment. It provides an intimate picture of one of the wars most effective brigades and sheds new light on the rationales that kept Confederate soldiers fighting throughout the most deadly conflict in U.S. history.