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By Stephen W. Berry

In could 1861, Jefferson Davis issued a basic demand volunteers for the accomplice military. males answered in such numbers that 200,000 needed to be became away. Few of those males might have attributed their zeal to the reason for states' rights or slavery. As All That Makes a guy: Love and Ambition within the Civil battle South makes transparent, so much southern males observed the conflict extra easily as a try out in their manhood, an opportunity to guard the glory in their sweethearts, fianc?s, and other halves again domestic. Drawing upon diaries and private letters, Stephen Berry seamlessly weaves jointly the tales of six very diversified males, detailing the tangled roles that love and ambition performed in each one man's lifestyles. Their writings demonstrate a male-dominated Southern tradition that exalted ladies as "repositories of divine grace" and valuable romantic love because the platform from which males introduced their bids for greatness. The exhilarating onset of warfare appeared to those, and such a lot southern males, a grand chance to satisfy their ambition for glory and to end up their love for women--on an identical box of conflict. because the realities of the battle grew to become obvious, despite the fact that, the letters and diaries became from idealized topics of honor and kingdom to solemn reflections on love and residential. stylish and poetic, All That Makes a guy recovers the emotional lives of unsung Southern women and men and divulges that the fiction of chilly Mountain mirrors a poignant truth. of their look for a reason valuable in their lives, many Southern squaddies have been upset of their hopes for a Southern kingdom. yet they nonetheless had their women's love, and there they might rebuild.

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As the painter shrewdly notes, however, they were mostly just building castles in the sky. Thomas Cole, Voyage of Life (Youth), ca. 1839–40, oil on canvas 83⁄8 in. x 107⁄8 in. Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Museum of Art, Utica, New York. 106 of each of the world’s once-great powers was understood as a moral tale whose narrative arc resembled that of a grand epic. Each empire functioned as a heroic character, glorious and flawed, doomed from the beginning and destined to live forever in the memories of men who appreciated the poetry of making a play for it all.

Which bindest life around With music of so strange a sound, And beauty of so wild a birth,— Farewell! * I n June 1849, Georgia Congressman Thomas Butler King traveled to San Francisco to survey the political and economic prospects. California was poised on the brink of statehood, and King wanted to sample the region’s ripeness for himself. The overland routes to San Francisco were so fraught with perils that most men of standing made the trip by steamer—itself a somewhat harrowing journey. The first leg took travelers from New York or Savannah to the Caribbean coast of Panama, where they picked up a flatboat on the Chagres River.

The life of a farmer had a certain nobility but “presupposes the possession of a farm which . . ” This left what Stuart called derisively the “hireling professions . . ” “The lawyer has his cases but seldom receives his fees. ” And the Engineer was in an altogether impossible situation: “[He] must first have a reputation before he can get desirable employment” and, of course, he couldn’t establish a reputation without first being employed. For Stuart, this left only arms. ”21 Stuart was relatively lucky in finding a profession that comported with his notion of what a man should be.

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