Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsMiller, Brian Craig
EditorSheehan-Dean, Aaron
Book TitleA Companion to the U.S. Civil War
Number of Volumes2
PublisherWiley Blackwell
CityHoboken, NJ

The essays analyses the scholarship on men and masculinity on the American Civil War (1861-65). I discusses the development of this research and compares the work on the North with that on the South and on boarder regions. It  also examines important individual themes of the current scholarship, like masculinity, war and citizenship,  military service, class and race, or the gendered construction of the contested and divided memories of the conflict. In terms of historical studies pertaining to manhood, the American Civil War Era has emerged as one of the most dynamic arenas to examine definitions and redefinitions of masculinity. Southern men utilized honor, mastery and physical appearance in order to define themselves as men prior to the Civil War. Their Northern counterparts emphasized family, citizenship, civic morality and self‐discipline as mechanisms to not only define their manhood, but also prompt them to enlist in the Civil War. In the border region, men took on characteristics of Southern manhood, as they engaged as guerrillas. Men tested their own definitions of manhood, as they enlisted, fought, suffered and died in unprecedented numbers. Union victory cemented Northern conceptions of manhood and forced Southerners to redefine manhood in the presence of defeat and the destruction of slavery.

Entry by GWC Assistants / Work by GWC Assistants : 

Time Period:


Library Location: 
Call Number: