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By William Marvel

In a spot known as Appomattox, William surprise turns his broad Civil warfare scholarship towards Appomattox County, Virginia, and the village of Appomattox courtroom condo, which grew to become synonymous with the tip of the Civil struggle whilst Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. provide there in 1865.  wonder offers a formidably researched and assuredly written research of the county from 1848 to 1877, utilizing it as a microcosm of Southern attitudes, classification concerns, and moving cultural mores that formed the Civil battle and its denouement.With a watch 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 household monetary and social vicissitudes of the village, and environment the degree for the flight of Lee’s military towards Appomattox and the climactic give up that also resonates today.Now to be had for the 1st time in paperback, a spot referred to as Appomattox unearths a brand new view of the Civil warfare, tackling a number of the thorniest matters frequently neglected through the nostalgic exaggerations and ancient misconceptions that encompass Lee’s surrender.  (20080604)

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17 Within days of learning that he and his partners had won the contract for the great bridge, McDearmon also discovered some bad news. 18 That layout jeopardized everything McDearmon had worked for in the past six years, for a journey of three miles over Virginia’s bottomless roads in winter or spring offered little of the convenience that would have augmented the value of courthouse property. To have recognized the disaster that had just befallen him, though, McDearmon would have had to own unusual foresight, for even many of those who were busy promoting railroads in 1851 did not realize the extent of the transportation revolution in which they participated.

15 Still, McDearmon remained optimistic. If only the railroad would reach the county seat in time, his investments could still yield the profits he had hoped. The iron rails were already halfway to Farmville, and ought to reach Appomattox within another year or two, but debtors threatened to relieve him of his assets before they achieved their maximum potential value. His credit had worn thin on all fronts, and he needed cash for expenses that others might have charged. The previous spring he had borrowed $3,000 from his younger brother, an unmarried doctor.

With less enthusiasm, McDearmon presented the senate clerk with a petition from some of his constituents in the southern fringe of Appomattox County: in the latest foray of the battle for power with the county seat clique, several dozen voters demanded a new precinct. They asked, too, for approval before the election of new judges in April, arguing that the precinct would serve at least forty voters who would never make the fifteen-mile ride to Clover Hill. 21 Even if it were not for the directly partisan motive, precinct elections would hurt the new senator on two counts.

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