The Die Is Cast: Arkansas Goes to War, 1861

The Die Is Cast: Arkansas Goes to War, 1861

by Mark K. Christ (Editor)


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The Die Is Cast examines why a small frontier state like Arkansas would choose to sever its ties with the United States and join the southern Confederacy. Under the direction of editor Mark K. Christ, five historians examine the political and social forces that led to secession and transformed farmers, clerks, and shopkeepers into soldiers. Collectively, these essays provide an overview of the diverse passions that finally brought the people of Arkansas to war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935106159
Publisher: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,222,698
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Mark K. Christ is community outreach director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and lives in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is the editor of Ready, Booted, and Spurred: Arkansas in the U.S.–Mexican War (Butler Center Books).

Table of Contents

Contributors 7

Introduction 11

"An eternal chitter chatter kept up in the galleries": The Arkansas Secession Convention in Action, March-June Michael B. Dougan 13

Domesticity Goes Public: Southern Women and the Secession Crisis Lisa Tendrich Frank 31

Why They Fought: Arkansans Go To War, 1861 Carl H. Moneyhon 53

"A Remarkably Strong Union Sentiment": Unionism in Arkansas in 1861 Thomas A. DeBlack 75

"When the Arks. boys goes by they take the rags off the bush": Arkansans in the Wilson's Creek Campaign of 1861 William Garrett Piston 101

Notes 131

Index 151

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