By Gary W. Gallagher
In Becoming Confederates, Gary W. Gallagher explores loyalty within the period of the Civil battle, concentrating on Robert E. Lee, Stephen Dodson Ramseur, and Jubal A. Early—three popular officials within the military of Northern Virginia who turned ardent accomplice nationalists. Loyalty used to be verified and proved in lots of methods major as much as and through the conflict. degrees of allegiance to their local kingdom, to the slaveholding South, to the U.S., and to the Confederacy, Gallagher indicates how those males symbolize responses to the mid-nineteenth-century crisis.
Lee normally has been awarded as a reluctant convert to the Confederacy whose strongest identity was once together with his domestic nation of Virginia—an interpretation at odds together with his way more advanced diversity of loyalties. Ramseur, the youngest of the 3, eagerly embraced a accomplice identification, highlighting generational variations within the equation of loyalty. Early mixed components of Lee's and Ramseur's reactions—a Unionist who grudgingly authorised Virginia's departure from the U.S. yet later got here to personify defiant accomplice nationalism.
The paths of those males towards accomplice loyalty aid delineate vital contours of yankee heritage. Gallagher indicates that americans juggled a number of, frequently conflicting, loyalties and that white southern id was once preoccupied with racial regulate transcending politics and sophistication. certainly, realizing those men's views makes it tough to argue that the Confederacy shouldn't be deemed a state. probably most vital, their reports aid us comprehend why Confederates waged a prodigiously bloody warfare and the style within which they handled defeat.