By Thomas Lawrence Connelly
More than a century after Appomattox, the Civil battle and the assumption of the "Lost reason" stay on the middle of the southern brain. God and basic Longstreet strains the patience and the transformation of the misplaced reason from the 1st iteration of former Confederates to more moderen occasions, whilst the misplaced reason has endured to undergo within the dedication of southerners to their local culture.
Southern writers from the accomplice interval throughout the southern renascence and into the Seventies fostered the misplaced reason, developing a picture of the South that was once straight away romantic and tragic. by way of analyzing the paintings of those writers, Thomas Connelly and Barbara Bellows clarify why the kingdom embraced this photograph and description the evolution of the misplaced reason mentality from its origins within the South's give up to its function in a century�long nationwide expression of defeat that prolonged from 1865 during the Vietnam battle. As Connelly and Bellows reveal, the misplaced reason used to be a attention of mortality in an American international striving for perfection, an admission of failure juxtaposed opposed to a countrywide religion in success.
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Extra resources for God and General Longstreet: The Lost Cause and the Southern Mind
There was Roger Hanson, the prominent Kentucky legislator and attorney, who was shot down in the battle of Stone's River; General Patrick Cleburne, who died leading his division at Franklin, Tennessee, was a well-known attorney and businessman in Helena, Arkansas. Thomas Cobb, who bled to death after being wounded in the sunken road at Fredericksburg, was a constitutional lawyer of great reputation in Georgia and had compiled a new state criminal code shortly before the war erupted. Battlefield issues did not wholly explain the leadership vacuum.
Meanwhile, he wrote pitiful letters to his old commander, Robert E. Lee, who had become president of the struggling Washington College. The letters are filled with braggadocio and diatribes against northerners but between the lines display the guilt of one who obviously felt that he had deserted the South in a period of crisis. Certainly Robert E. Lee saw through the veil of bravado in Early's correspondence. His poignant replies were tactful and considerate, assuring his old "Bad Man"as Lee fondly called himthat each man must do what he believed was right.
Meanwhile, the new evangelical faith was becoming more firmly entrenched in the South. The psychological impact of the frontier remained a real force, as did the accompanying features of poverty, lack of education, and peculiar southern individualism. Some older Dixie faiths such as the Episcopal church continued to lose strength. Even the Presbyterian church, also possessed of more formal structure, could not keep pace with the fervor of the Baptist and Methodist churches that in the early eighteenth-century South, were almost nonexistent.