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“‘Every Comfort, Freedom, and Liberty’: A Case Study of Mississippi’s Confederate Home”

Special Issue: “Rethinking Civil War Veterans”
Guest editor: Susannah J. Ural, Ph.D.
The Journal of the Civil War Era, Vol. 9, No. 1 (March 2019)

This study of Mississippi’s Confederate veteran home, commonly known as “Beauvoir,” challenges historians’ understanding of Confederate veteran facilities as places where aging men sat in fading gray uniforms, isolated from society, and waiting to die. That flawed narrative is the result of an overreliance on a Lost Cause framework to interpret these homes. Ural’s close analysis of the gender and racial diversity of Beauvoir’s residents and administrators at this state-funded, state-run facility reveals that New South modernization and segregation shaped Beauvoir just as much as its Lost Cause roots.

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