Southern Historical Society Papers

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Image of cover of Southern Historical Society PapersThe Southern Historical Society Papers were published in 52 volumes from 1876 to 1959. Many volumes contain first person accounts of the wartime South by noted Confederate Civil War veterans. Given the unfortunate political environment we see at the dawn of the 2020s, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that critics of this set believe many of these accounts are laced with Lost Cause rhetoric so that I am not accused of being a “Lost Causer.”  In addition, the length of time between the war and when these accounts were written as well as the potential desire of writers to make themselves look better also calls into question the accuracy of many accounts.

Broadfoot Publishing web site states:

The history of the War-time South! The Southern Historical Society was formed to gather and preserve the history of the war-time South. Through men such as Robert E. Lee, Dabney Herndon Maury, Alexander H. Stephens, Wade Hampton, and Jubal Early, The Southern Historical Society Papers offered almost 20,000 pages of material, many articles became famous in their own right.

Articles pertaining to the Siege of Petersburg are scattered throughout the 52 volumes. They will begin to appear here as I transcribe and edit them.

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