Portraits of Conflict
A Photographic History of Alabama in the Civil War
Ben H. Severance
Tenth volume of acclaimed series
"Reynolds began his diary on May 25, 1861, the day his company left home. Though some entries are brief, there is one for almost every day through June 15, 1865. His comments on battles are extensive, his opinions of Confederate generals and their interactions insightful, and his travels through nine states informative. Reynolds' record is a valuable addition to confederate literature dealing with both the Trans-Mississippi and Western theaters, and Robert Bender has significantly enhanced it with 98 pages of detailed editorial notes."
—Larry Hewitt in Blue & Gray Magazine, 2012
“After two decades, the prize-winning Portraits of Conflict Series continues to uphold its high standards for scholarship and presentation . . . another outstanding contribution to an excellent Civil War series.”
—Journal of Southern History on Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Missouri in the Civil War, 2009
Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Alabama in the Civil War is the tenth volume in this acclaimed series showing the human side of the country’s great national conflict. Over 230 photographs of soldiers and civilians from Alabama, many never seen before, are accompanied by their personal stories and woven into the larger narrative of the war both on the battlefield and the home front.
Alabama is unusual among the Rebel states in that, while its people saw little fighting inside its boundaries, nearly one hundred thousand Alabamians served with Confederate units throughout the South. This volume chronicles their experiences in almost every battle east of the Mississippi River—especially at Sharpsburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg under the legendary Robert E. Lee; at Murfreesboro and Chickamauga as part of the ill-fated Army of Tennessee; and at the famous siege of Vicksburg. Ultimately Union soldiers did invade the state, and Alabamians defended their homeland against enemy cavalry raiders at Selma and against Federal warships in the fight for Mobile Bay. The volume also includes accounts of some of Alabama’s leading politicians as well as several of its more ordinary citizens.
This new volume contains the same quality of photography and storytelling that has attracted Civil War enthusiasts since the first volume was published in 1987, making it another welcome addition to the series Civil War History called “a sensibly priced, beautifully produced photographic history.”
Ben H. Severance is an associate professor of history at Auburn University Montgomery and a former officer in the United States Army. He is the author of Tennessee’s Radical Army: The State Guard and Its Role in Reconstruction, 1867–1869.
8 1⁄2 x 11 • 500 pages • 235 images • index
$65.00 cloth • 978-1-55728-989-6
e-book available • 978-1-61075-507-8
Praise for the Portraits of Conflict Series:
“The Portraits of Conflict books make for terrific browsing… as the reader turns the pages, and reads one profile to the next, he has no idea what fate has in store for the next soldier, with the randomness of that fate on full display.”
“A major contribution and welcome addition to Civil War history.”
—The Journal of Southern History
“A sensibly priced, beautifully produced photographic history.”
—Civil War History
“A splendid addition to the graphic literature of the sectional conflict.”
“Destined to become a collector’s item . . . first class.”
—The Civil War News
“Fine, attractive photographic history.”