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Through the Heart of DixieSherman's March and American Memory$
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Anne Sarah Rubin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469617770

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469617770.001.0001

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Southern Belles and Brother Masons

Southern Belles and Brother Masons

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(p.45) Chapter Two Southern Belles and Brother Masons
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Through the Heart of Dixie
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Anne Sarah Rubin

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469617770.003.0003

This chapter presents postwar stories of the March from the perspective of white Southern civilians. White Southerners' stories of Sherman tend to fall into one of two camps: either accounts stressing victimization in order to justify long-lingering anger and resentment, or tales of outwitting or defying Union soldiers, which serve as face-saving expressions of Southern pride. The chapter also examines tales of Yankee kindness, which exemplify pro-reunion and reconciliation sentiment designed to bind the sections together.

Keywords:   Sherman's March, Civil War, white Southern civilians, Union soldiers

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