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Title: "Rebels to the Core": Memphians under William T. Sherman
Other Titles: Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies Student Papers
Authors: Bordelon, John
Advisors: Huebner, Timothy
Keywords: Memphis Center;Student research;Institute for Regional Studies;Papers;Text
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Memphis, Tenn. : Rhodes College
Abstract: Citizens representing various segments of Memphis society, from a southern judge to daring "lady smugglers," engaged in unconventional warfare against the occupying Union presence under Major General William Tecumseh Sherman. White Memphians resisted Federal occupation and aided the Confederacy by smuggling goods, harboring spies, manipulating trade, burning cotton, attacking steamers, and expressing ideological opposition through the judicial system. In occupied Memphis, Sherman never confronted a conventional army. Instead, he faced relentless opposition from civilians sympathetic to the Confederacy. Previous scholarship on Memphis during the Civil War treats examines the city's experience from numerous angles.2 However, the extent of civilian devotion to the Confederacy and willingness to actively pursue their cause deserves further exploration. Focusing on the actions of pro-Confederate Memphians during one officers tenure in the occupied city allows for a more intimate understanding of the character of the city during wartime. Because of a shortage of extant writings of Memphians during the war, the correspondence of W T. Sherman provides valuable insight into the experience of the city in 1862.
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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10267/28392
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