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Becoming BourgeoisMerchant Culture in the South, 1820-1865$
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Frank J. Byrne

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124049

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124049.001.0001

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Merchants and Their Families in the Confederacy, 1861–1863

Merchants and Their Families in the Confederacy, 1861–1863

(p.145) 5 Merchants and Their Families in the Confederacy, 1861–1863
Becoming Bourgeois

Frank J. Byrne

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the condition of merchants and their families in the Confederate South during the period from 1861 to 1863. It explains that the effect of the American Civil War on the southern commercial population transcended the number of merchants who served and died while fighting for the Confederacy. During this period, Confederate citizens endured material deprivation, loss of independence to a swelling state bureaucracy, and all the personal hazards associated with warfare. Several policies implemented by the Confederate government also had a conspicuous impact on merchant families, particularly conscription.

Keywords:   merchants, Confederate South, American Civil War, material deprivation, state bureaucracy, conscription

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