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Children and Youth during the Civil War Era$
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James Marten

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814796078

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814796078.001.0001

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Children of the March

Children of the March

Confederate Girls and Sherman’s Home Front Campaign

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Children and Youth during the Civil War Era

Lisa Tendrich Frank

NYU Press

This chapter examines how Sherman's march through Georgia and the Carolinas in 1864–65 created and clarified the meaning of the war for elite Southern girls. It explores both the social experiences that slaveholding girls faced during the invasion and the ways in which these experiences often became manifested as postwar anger and the fodder for the Lost Cause mythology. During the march, these privileged girls witnessed what they considered Yankee “depravity” and thereby found justification for secession and other decisions previously made by Confederate adults. Their firsthand experiences—and the ways in which adults explained these experiences to them—also provided elite Southern girls with ample material to later edit, dramatize, and craft into the Lost Cause interpretation of the war.

Keywords:   American Civil War, elite Southern girls, Union army, Lost Cause, Confederates, secession

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