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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

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

Anne Sarah Rubin

University of North Carolina Press

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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