This year I am working with a student on an independent study that focuses on how the war effected soldiers’ conception of death during the Civil War. We are looking specifically at the war in Virginia during 1864. Over the summer this student read This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (Vintage Civil War Library) and we are currently reading Jason Phillips’s Diehard Rebels: The Confederate Culture of Invincibility, both of which I’ve read already read and highly recommend. Beginning next trimester this student will shift to the Special Collections Department at UVA to look at archival sources.
This is the latest installment of the Museum of the Confederacy’s video series and it focuses specifically on death in the Civil War.