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Raising the White Flag: How Surrender Defined the American Civil War

David Silkenat


The American Civil War began with a laying down of arms by Union troops at Fort Sumter, and it ended with a series of surrenders, most famously at Appomattox Courthouse. But in the intervening four years, both Union and Confederate forces surrendered en masse on scores of other occasions. Indeed, roughly one out of every four soldiers surrendered at some point during the conflict. In no other American war did surrender happen so frequently. David Silkenat here provides the first comprehensive study of Civil War surrender, focusing on the conflicting social, political, and cultural meanings of ... More

Keywords: Civil War, surrender, prisoners of war, Fort Sumter, Vicksburg, Appomattox, Ulysses S. Grant, Abraham Lincoln

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469649726
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469649726.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Silkenat, author
University of Edinburgh