Blood Image: Turner Ashby in the Civil War and the Southern by Paul Christopher Anderson

By Paul Christopher Anderson

With Blood photograph, his compellingly unique biography of accomplice cavalry chief Turner Ashby, Paul Anderson demonstrates that the logo of a guy could be simply as vital because the guy himself. well known as a born chief, sleek horseman, and violent partisan warrior, Turner Ashby used to be essentially the most recognized battling males of the Civil struggle. emerging to colonel of the seventh Virginia Cavalry, Ashby fought brilliantly less than Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson throughout the 1862 Shenandoah Valley crusade until eventually he died in conflict close to Harrisonburg, Virginia.

These naked evidence of Ashby's wartime exploits scarcely exhibit the majesty and shaping strength of the legend that grew round him whereas he lived and fought. Anderson explores how and why Ashby's admirers within the Shenandoah Valley made him into their crucial icon of "home." Anderson additionally demonstrates that Ashby's image-a catalytic, captivating, and infrequently contradictory blend of southern antebellum cultural beliefs and wartime hopes and fears-emerged in the course of his personal lifetime and was once now not a later production of the misplaced reason.

Recognizing the ability of Ashby's reputation as knightly horseman, relatives defender, typical guy and savage, and accomplice warrior, Anderson boldly organizes his learn in 4 radical chapters that trap and replicate the round power of these photos, each one aspect reinforcing and fresh the others. With impressive scholarship he exhibits that the strength of Ashby's photograph used to be double-edged: it encouraged admirers within the Shenandoah Valley, however it additionally shielded them from the savagery of a struggle that challenged the very beliefs on the center in their safeguard of domestic.

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Jones Collection, HL. See also Margaretta Barton Colt, Defend the Valley: A Shenandoah Family in the Civil War (New York, 1994); and Smith, Boyhood Memories, 94–5. 10. Sam Bowers Hilliard, Atlas of Antebellum Southern Agriculture (Baton Rouge, 1984), 52; Charles W. Ramsdell, ‘‘General Robert E. Lee’s Horse Supply, 1862–1865,’’ American Historical Review 35 (July 1930): 758–77 (esp. 759). See also Frank Hampton McFadden, ‘‘Horses,’’ in Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, ed. Charles Wilson Reagan and William Ferris (Chapel Hill, 1989), 1227–8.

It served its purpose on the mantels and parlor tables of the Shenandoah Valley at least as well as monuments and funeral orations, horse-bone rings and brooches, horse-mane braids, and black locks cut from the dead man’s beard. The message, first to those still fighting a war and then to those who lost it, was the same. ’’30 30. Bayne to Ashby, June 9, 1862; Krick, Conquering the Valley, 32. 1 RIDING A HORSE BACK HOME T here are thousands of rueful ironies in Civil War history, and Turner Ashby claims one of them: the Confederacy’s finest horseman was killed on foot.

It served its purpose on the mantels and parlor tables of the Shenandoah Valley at least as well as monuments and funeral orations, horse-bone rings and brooches, horse-mane braids, and black locks cut from the dead man’s beard. The message, first to those still fighting a war and then to those who lost it, was the same. ’’30 30. Bayne to Ashby, June 9, 1862; Krick, Conquering the Valley, 32. 1 RIDING A HORSE BACK HOME T here are thousands of rueful ironies in Civil War history, and Turner Ashby claims one of them: the Confederacy’s finest horseman was killed on foot.

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