Fate of Texas
The Civil War and the Lone Star State
Edited by Charles D. Grear
was Texas’s role in the Civil War?
“Charles D. Grear has assembled an all-star cast of
great minds and excellent writers who have chimed in on the
role of Texas in the Civil War and how that experience shaped
the future of the state. The result is a perfect blend of
topics, tone, and tenor that will enlighten students of Lone
Star history in particular and Civil War history in general
for years to come. The Fate of Texas is an important contribution
to the national story.”
—Donald S. Frazier, author of Blood and Treasure:
Confederate Empire in the Southwest
“A well conceived and highly important addition to Civil
. . . [that] offers a complex, multi-dimensional, yet thoroughly
accessible set of major contributions to the historiography
of the Civil War.”
—T. Michael Parrish, Baylor University
In its examination of a state too often neglected by Civil
War historians, The Fate of Texas presents Texas
as a decidedly Southern, yet in many ways unusual, state seriously
committed to and deeply affected by the Confederate war effort
in a multitude of ways. When the state joined the Confederacy
and fought in the war, its fate was uncertain. The war touched
every portion of the population and all aspects of life in
Texas. Never before has a group of historians examined the
impact of the war on so many facets of the state.
The eleven essays in this collection present cutting edge,
original research by noted historians, who provide a new understanding
of the role and reactions of Texas and Texans to the war.
The book covers a wide range of topics, providing new perspectives,
ranging from military, social, and cultural history to public
history and historical memory. Some of the subjects explored
include the lives of Texas women, slavery, veterans, and how
the state dealt with Confederate loss.
The contributors are Joseph G. Dawson, Richard Lowe, Charles
D. Grear, Richard B. McCaslin, Angela Boswell, Dale Baum,
Walter D. Kamphoefner, Randolph B. Campbell, Carl H. Moneyhon,
Alexander Mendoza, and Julie Holcomb.
Charles D. Grear is assistant professor of history
at Prairie View A & M University. Previously
he taught history at Texas Christian University.
6 x 9, 360 pages, 15 photographs, index
$37.50 (s) cloth
ISBN 978-1-55728-883-7 | 1-55728-883-6