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The Green and the Gray: The Irish in the Confederate States of America (Civil War America) Hardcover – 30 Aug 2013


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  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (30 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469607565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469607566
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.7 x 2.6 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,797,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"No one knows more about this subject than Gleeson. His intelligent, complex, and persuasively-argued book answers central questions about the Irish in the Confederacy."--Lawrence Kohl, University of Alabama "[An] important book."--"Journal of American History" "Well done."--"The Journal of America's Military Past" "Reading Gleeson's book will reward anyone interested in these subjects."--"North Carolina Historical Review" "Gleeson's latest offering reflects a more realistic approach to the Irish experience in the Confederate States than anything that has come before, and it is recommended to both general and academic readers. . . ."The Green and the Gray" will shape our views on the Civil War in these sesquicentennial years and beyond."--"South Carolina Historical Magazine" "A remarkable achievement on a hitherto neglected subject. It is well argued, deftly written, and exhaustively researched. This book will surely become the standard text for anyone wanting to understand more about the Irish in the Confederacy."--"West V Very well researched. . . . By far the best-written book to date on the subject of Irish Confederates.--Blue & Gray Magazine Based on wide-ranging research in dozens of archival collections, and throughout Gleeson places his findings in the context of current scholarship on the South in the Civil War era.--Journal of Southern History Well done.--The Journal of America's Military Past An excellent synthesis of the Irish in the South before, during, and after the American Civil War.--Georgia Historical Quarterly An important addition to the scholarship.--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society [An] eye-opening account. . . . As [Gleeson's] analysis unfolds, there is much that will surprise, perhaps even unsettle.--Boston Globe A superb and long overdue addition to the literature on the role played by the Irish in the United States Civil War.--H-Net Gleeson's engrossing book is the first authentically successful study to fully consider Irish participation in the Confederacy, and it will be the authoritative touchstone for any that follow.--Journal of the Civil War Era Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and general readers.--Choice [An] important book.--Journal of American History Reading Gleeson's book will reward anyone interested in these subjects.--North Carolina Historical Review Gleeson has written an exemplary study that is at the crossroads of several different historical fields. . . [and] has provided [an] important piece in the jigsaw of nineteenth-century Irish American identity.--Dublin Review of Books A remarkable achievement on a hitherto neglected subject. It is well argued, deftly written, and exhaustively researched. This book will surely become the standard text for anyone wanting to understand more about the Irish in the Confederacy.--West Virginia History Gleeson offers a solid narrative of the Irish in the South in all aspects of the War and its immediate aftermath that is nicely nuanced and should serve as a starting point for future work.--Louisiana History A comprehensive, sophisticated, and fascinating study of the role that Irish immigrants and their descendants played in the life and afterlife of the Confederacy.--Arkansas Historical Quarterly Gleeson's thoroughly researched study of Irish Confederates (both Catholic and Protestant) adds greatly to historians' understanding of the experience of ethnic soldiers and civilians during the war.--The Historian An extremely important and significant study. It is the most comprehensive analysis of the Irish in the Confederacy by some distance, and stands to remain so for some time to come.--IrishAmericanCivilWar.com A 'must have' book for your Confederate library!--The Lone Star Book Review Very well researched...by far the best-written book to date on the subject of Irish Confederates.--Blue & Gray Magazine Gleeson's latest offering reflects a more realistic approach to the Irish experience in the Confederate States than anything that has come before, and it is recommended to both general and academic readers. . . .The Green and the Gray will shape our views on the Civil War in these sesquicentennial years and beyond.--South Carolina Historical Magazine Gleeson persuasively demonstrates how the southern Irish readily assumed a Confederate identity but perhaps just as easily cast it aside once the Civil War ended. . . [A] solidly executed volume.--Virginia Magazine A well-written and thoughtful narrative.--Irish Studies Review Very well researched by far the best-written book to date on the subject of Irish Confederates.--Blue & Gray Magazine " "A comprehensive, sophisticated, and fascinating study of the role that Irish immigrants and their descendants played in the life and afterlife of the Confederacy.--"Arkansas Historical Quarterly" An important addition to the scholarship.--"Register of the Kentucky Historical Society" Well done.--"The Journal of America's Military Past" [An] important book.--"Journal of American History" A well-written and thoughtful narrative.--"Irish Studies Review" "[An] eye-opening account. . . . As [Gleeson's] analysis unfolds, there is much that will surprise, perhaps even unsettle."--"Boston Globe" "An extremely important and significant study. It is the most comprehensive analysis of the Irish in the Confederacy by some distance, and stands to remain so for some time to come."--IrishAmericanCivilWar.com "A 'must have' book for your Confederate library!"--"The Lone Star Book Review" "Gleeson has written an exemplary study that is at the crossroads of several different historical fields. . . [and] has provided [an] important piece in the jigsaw of nineteenth-century Irish American identity."--"Dublin Review of Books" "Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and general readers."--"Choice" "Gleeson persuasively demonstrates how the southern Irish readily assumed a Confederate identity but perhaps just as easily cast it aside once the Civil War ended. . . [A] solidly executed volume."--"Virginia Magazine"

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Why did many Irish Americans, who did not have a direct connection to slavery, choose to fight for the Confederacy? This perplexing question is at the heart of David T. Gleeson's sweeping analysis of the Irish in the Confederate States of America. Taking a broad view of the subject, Gleeson considers the role of Irish southerners in the debates over secession and the formation of the Confederacy, their experiences as soldiers, the effects of Confederate defeat for them and their emerging ethnic identity, and their role in the rise of Lost Cause ideology. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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