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Plain Folk's FightThe Civil War and Reconstruction in Piney Woods Georgia$
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Mark V. Wetherington

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780807829639

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877043_wetherington

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Plain Folk's Fight

Mark V. Wetherington

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the impact of the Civil War on traditional notions of death, particularly among Georgia's white plain folk: who should die, when and where death should take place, and the circumstances surrounding death, burial, and mourning. It considers how the war made death a common occurrence in the antebellum South, especially among the very young, and how the fear of wartime death transcended both race and class. It also looks at how the Confederate soldiers' deaths became the political expression of Southern nationalism and raised the level of hatred toward the Yankees. In addition, the chapter discusses how misery evoked poignant memories of faces never to be seen again “in the Flesh”.

Keywords:   death, Civil War, Georgia, plain folk, burial, mourning, South, soldiers, nationalism, Yankees

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