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.
North Carolina Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.