Merchants and Their Families in the Confederacy, 1861–1863

Frank J. Byrne

in Becoming Bourgeois

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780813124049
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134857 | DOI:
Merchants and Their Families in the Confederacy, 1861–1863

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This chapter examines the condition of merchants and their families in the Confederate South during the period from 1861 to 1863. It explains that the effect of the American Civil War on the southern commercial population transcended the number of merchants who served and died while fighting for the Confederacy. During this period, Confederate citizens endured material deprivation, loss of independence to a swelling state bureaucracy, and all the personal hazards associated with warfare. Several policies implemented by the Confederate government also had a conspicuous impact on merchant families, particularly conscription.

Keywords: merchants; Confederate South; American Civil War; material deprivation; state bureaucracy; conscription

Chapter.  13767 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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