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Caroline E. Janney

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469640761

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640761.001.0001

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We Can Keep All the Yankees Back That They Can Send

We Can Keep All the Yankees Back That They Can Send

Morale among Hood’s Texas Brigade’s Soldiers and Their Families, 1864–1865

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(p.41) 2 We Can Keep All the Yankees Back That They Can Send
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Petersburg to Appomattox
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Susannah J. Ural

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640761.003.0003

In the spring of 1864, Hood’s Texas Brigade was recovering from a difficult winter of desertions under the guidance of a junior officer corps who restored discipline in the ranks, furnished new uniforms and food, and oversaw the return of wounded, captured, or otherwise absent men. Morale in the ranks soared – as did the unit’s pride. But just as the brigade regained its strength, it embarked on one of the bloodiest periods of the war. The Overland Campaign’s devastating causalities left many to wonder if there were enough men to sustain the Texas Brigade. Through detailed portraits of individual soldiers and explorations of the Texas home front, Ural explains why the soldiers of this unit remained fiercely committed to Lee, the Army of Northern Virginia, and each other even as the Confederacy crumbled around them in the winter and spring of 1865.

Keywords:   Texas Brigade, Overland Campaign, Home front, Texas

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