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“Nearly there”: Daniel Harvey Hill, proponent and target of the Lost Cause
by Erslev, Brit Kimberly, Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011, 368; 3456265
Abstract (Summary)

The life of Confederate Major General Daniel Harvey Hill (1821-1889) provides an ideal lens through which to explore the themes of honor, duty, southern identity and Civil War historical memory. A South Carolina native and product of the first formal American military educational institution at West Point, Hill combined a professional outlook with a belief in a superior Southern martial ethos and masculine duty to family and country. He was a born fighter with an irritable personality who incited controversy during his military and civilian careers. As a proponent and target of the Lost Cause, Hill actively shaped this civil religion while in the process nearly undermining his own efforts. By exploring the fluid and intertwined constructs of honor, duty, identity, and memory in one man’s experience, this dissertation will illuminate the complexity of southern attitudes before, during, and after the Civil War, and question generalizations regarding Confederate veterans’ approach to Lost Cause ideology.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Glatthaar, Joseph T.
Commitee: Barney, William L., Brundage, William F., Griffin, Larry J., Kohn, Richard H.
School: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department: History
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: DAI-A 72/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Biographies, American history, Military history
Keywords: American Civil War, Civil War, Confederate States of America, Hill, Daniel Harvey, Mexican War, United States Military Academy at West Point
Publication Number: 3456265
ISBN: 978-1-124-65608-3
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