Arming the Confederacy

How Virginia’s Minerals Forged the Rebel War Machine

Authors: Whisonant, Robert C.

  • The American Civil War history of southwestern Virginia is nationally important but remains largely unknown and poorly appreciated
  • Explains the connections between two basic geologic factors - minerals and topography – and the military
  • One of few books to discuss the Civil War history of Southwestern Virginia, a unique area where mineral resources, terrain, and Civil War history are all tightly woven together
  • The American Civil War remains as one of the topics of greatest interest to general readers both in the United States and around the world
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About this book

This is a fresh look at the American Civil War from the standpoint of the natural resources necessary to keep the armies in the field. This story of the links between minerals, topography, and the war in western Virginia now comes to light in a way that enhances our understanding of America’s greatest trial. Five mineral products – niter, lead, salt, iron, and coal – were absolutely essential to wage war in the 1860s. For the armies of the South, those resources were concentrated in the remote Appalachian highlands of southwestern Virginia. From the beginning of the war, the Union knew that the key to victory was the destruction or occupation of the mines, furnaces, and forges located there, as well as the railroad that moved the resources to where they were desperately needed. To achieve this, Federal forces repeatedly advanced into the treacherous mountainous terrain to fight some of the most savage battles of the War.

About the authors

A native of Gaffney, South Carolina, Robert C. Whisonant holds degrees in geology from Clemson University (B.S., 1963) and Florida State University (M.S., 1965, Ph.D., 1967). He has authored or co-authored over 100 professional publications and consulted on a number of engineering geology projects and in 1993 won the Neil Miner Award given by the National Association of Geology Teachers for outstanding university-level teaching in the United States. He also received Radford University’s Professorial Excellence Award in 2000 and in 2002 was given the Outstanding Faculty Award by the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia.

Dr. Whisonant’s current research includes developing the connections between geology and the American Civil War campaigns and battles. He has analyzed the effects of geology and topography on casualty rates on national battlefields such as Gettysburg, Chancellorsville, and Antietam. He also directed projects involving mapping and preservation of Civil War battlefield features at Saltville, Virginia, where the work was supported by NASA and the National Park Service (American Battlefield Protection Program).

Reviews

“This is a well-produced and well-priced book, and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the topic. It draws upon many useful sources and adds its own to the literature of the America Civil War—and of the application of military geology.” (Geology Today, Vol. 32 (1), January-February, 2016)

“Provides much useful information about the role of the western part of the state in that divisive war 150 years ago.” (George Kegley, The Roanoke Times, roanoke.com, June, 2015)


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Hardcover $37.99
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Softcover $29.99
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  • Due: November 18, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-36241-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Arming the Confederacy
Book Subtitle
How Virginia’s Minerals Forged the Rebel War Machine
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-14508-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-14508-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-14507-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-36241-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 206
Number of Illustrations and Tables
52 b/w illustrations
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