When Confederate men marched off to battle, southern women
struggled with the new responsibilities of directing farms and
plantations, providing for families, and supervising increasingly
restive slaves. Drew Gilpin Faust offers a compelling picture of
the more than half-million women who belonged to the slaveholding
families of the Confederacy during this period of acute crisis,
when every part of these women's lives became vexed and
In this UNC Press Short, excerpted from Mother's of Invention:
Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War, Drew
Gilpin Faust explores the legendary hostility of Confederate women
toward Yankee soldiers. From daily acts of belligerence to murder
and espionage, these women struggled not only with the Yankee enemy
in their midst but with the genteel ideal of white womanhood that
was at odds with their wartime acts of resistance.
UNC Press Civil War Shorts excerpt compelling, shorter narratives
from selected best-selling books published by the University of
North Carolina Press and present them as engaging, quick reads.
Produced exclusively in ebook format, these shorts present
essential concepts, defining moments, and concise introductions to
topics. They are intended to stir the imagination and encourage
further exploration of the original publications from which these
works are drawn.