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The Seventh Star of the ConfederacyThe Seventh Star of the Confederacy

Texas during the Civil War

Kenneth W. Howell

The A. M. Pate, Jr. Award in Civil War History

Narrated by Kevin Charles

Approximately 12 hours

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Book published by University of North Texas Press


On February 1, 1861, delegates at the Texas Secession Convention elected to leave the Union. The people of Texas supported the actions of the convention in a statewide referendum, paving the way for the state to secede and to officially become the seventh state in the Confederacy. Soon the Texans found themselves engaged in a bloody and prolonged civil war against their northern brethren. During the course of this war, the lives of thousands of Texans, both young and old, were changed forever.

This new anthology, edited by Kenneth W. Howell, incorporates the latest scholarly research on how Texans experienced the war. Eighteen contributors take us from the battlefront to the home front, ranging from inside the walls of a Confederate prison to inside the homes of women and children left to fend for themselves while their husbands and fathers were away on distant battlefields, and from the halls of the governorís mansion to the halls of the county commissionerís court in Colorado County. Also explored are well-known battles that took place in or near Texas, such as the Battle of Galveston, the Battle of Nueces, the Battle of Sabine Pass, and the Red River Campaign. Finally, the social and cultural aspects of the war receive new analysis, including the experiences of women, African Americans, Union prisoners of war, and noncombatants.

Kenneth W. Howell is an assistant professor at Prairie View A&M University. He received his Ph.D. in history form Texas A&M University and also taught there as a visiting assistant professor. He is the author of Texas Confederate, Reconstruction Governor: James Webb Throckmorton and coauthor of The Devilís Triangle: Ben Bickerstaff, Northeast Texans, and the War of Reconstruction in Texas and Beyond Myths and Legends: A Narrative History of Texas.

REVIEWS:

“Howell has managed to gather eighteen of the very best Texas Civil War historians for this fine publication that is certain to attract considerable attention. It surpasses similar edited versions of the war in Texas and may well be one of the very best books on the subject.”

—Jerry Thompson, professor of history, Texas A&M International University

“The essays covering military topics are particularly strong ... Overall, this is a first-rate essay compilation and Editor Howell should be applauded. The essays are tied together smoothly with hardly any overlap ... Seventh Star of the Confederacy is an important collection for any historian of the Civil War period in Texas and would serve as an excellent book for undergraduates.”

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

“Among the strongest essays in the collection are James Smallwoodís piece on Texasís role in the secession crisis, Gary Joinerís work on the role of Texas cavalry in the Red River Campaign, and Vicki Bettís discussion of the role played by families of Texas soldiers.”

New Mexico Historical Review

“With its sweeping coverage of military, political, economic, and social issues and subjects, thereís something new for scholars and interested readers of all stripes. This is the best Texas Civil War essay compilation Iíve encountered. Highly recommended.”

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