Vast Southern EmpireEarl J. Hess, Braxton Bragg: The Most Hated Man of the Confederacy (University of North Carolina Press, 2016).

Matthew Karp, This Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy (Harvard University Press, 2016).

Williamson Murray and Wayne Hsieh, A Savage War: A Military History of the Civil War (Princeton University Press, 2016).

Johnnie P. Pearson ed., Lee and Jackson’s Bloody Twelfth: The Letters of Irby Goodwin Scott, First Lieutenant, Company G, Putnam Light Infantry, Twelfth Georgia Volunteer Infantry (University of Tennessee Press, 2012).

Ben Winters, Underground Airlines (Mulholland Press, 2016).

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  1. Matthew Karp, “This Vast Southern Empire” Looks really interesting! You always hear some people proclaim that “the South just wanted to be left alone” Of course that isn’t true so its a good topic to delve into.

    • A very interesting subject, but don’t the first 3 chapters of McPherson’s Battle Cry of Freedom cover this subject adequately for most readers? Chapter 3 is called “An empire for slavery”. Battle Cry also makes it clear that the slave economy had to expand its area of operation to remain so profitable, and a Confederate war aim was to acquire western territory for plantation agriculture. Who are these people who still claim the South “just wanted to be left alone”?

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