By William Marvel
In a spot referred to as Appomattox, William wonder turns his broad Civil battle scholarship towards Appomattox County, Virginia, and the village of Appomattox court docket condo, which turned synonymous with the top of the Civil warfare while Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. supply there in 1865. surprise offers a formidably researched and skillfully written research of the county from 1848 to 1877, utilizing it as a microcosm of Southern attitudes, classification matters, and transferring cultural mores that formed the Civil conflict and its denouement.With an eye fixed towards correcting cultural myths and enriching the old checklist, surprise analyzes the increase and fall of the village and county from 1848 to 1877, detailing the family monetary and social vicissitudes of the village, and environment the degree for the flight of Lee’s military towards Appomattox and the climactic quit that also resonates today.Now on hand for the 1st time in paperback, a spot referred to as Appomattox finds a brand new view of the Civil battle, tackling many of the thorniest concerns usually missed by way of the nostalgic exaggerations and old misconceptions that encompass Lee’s surrender. (20080604)
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It was primarily the village residents who came into Plunkett’s emporium, looking for a pound or two of sugar and coﬀee, with an occasional visit from denizens of the surrounding countryside, who would stock up for weeks at a time when they came in for business at the courthouse. The Irishmen who lived out on the Buckingham Road dropped by more frequently for a dram of whiskey: Abednego Conner preferred to draw oﬀ a quart in his own bottle for twenty cents, while John Sweeney was willing to pay twenty-ﬁve for a full pint ﬂask.
Typhoid took the blame for killing some Appomattox citizens every year, and—along with unrecognized scourges like leukemia and diabetes—may have been responsible for some of the many unexplained deaths that Henry Bocock recorded each year. Typhoid was not invariably fatal once it lodged in the intestines, but some strains must have proven more virulent than others, for survival rates varied according to the outbreak. One family that lived north of the courthouse was all but wiped out by this ailment in the summer of 1857: Fanny Sears watched her little sister, her teenage brother, and both her parents die of it within a two-month period.
Two subtle signs that things might be changing in Appomattox County were the numbers of retail occupations and skilled builders. Only one itinerant peddler still lived in the county, and even he kept a farm now, while twenty-seven citizens supported themselves as clerks or merchants. This was a new line of work, and it attracted the latest generation: a handful of farmers and millers kept stores in strategic locations, but twenty young men, averaging twenty-seven years in age, pursued retail trade exclusive of the more traditional sidelines.