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Raising the White FlagHow Surrender Defined the American Civil War$
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David Silkenat

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469649726

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469649726.001.0001

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Heroes and Cowards

Heroes and Cowards

Honor and Shame in Early Civil War Surrenders

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Raising the White Flag

David Silkenat

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores how ideas about honor and shame shaped how Civil War era Americans understood surrender. Robert Anderson was celebrated as a hero for his honorable surrender at Fort Sumter. By contrast, Union surrenders at San Antonio, San Augustin Springs, and Harpers Ferry, and Confederate surrenders at Fort Donelson and Fort Jackson, were seen as dishonorable.

Keywords:   honor, Robert Anderson, David Twiggs, Isaac Lynde, Dixon Miles, Harpers Ferry, Fort Donelson, Ulysses S. Grant, Simon Buckner

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