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Rebel RichmondLife and Death in the Confederate Capital$
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Stephen V. Ash

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469650982

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469650982.001.0001

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Rebel Richmond

Stephen V. Ash

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores the state of Richmond at the beginning of Civil War by outlining Richmond’s economy, reflecting on the benefits of making Richmond the Confederate capital, and providing a window onto Rebel volunteerism and conscription. The author emphasizes Richmonders’ fear of the threat to slavery, the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, and the Union troops that threatened the city. Overall, this chapter summarizes the effect the early war has on the city.

Keywords:   Richmond, economy, Civil War, Confederates, Union troops, Volunteerism, conscription, fear, threat to slavery

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