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The Lost Cause - American Civil War[10/6/2016 11:04:54 AM]HomeContact UsWhat's NewLinksAbout UsBattlesBlogBooksClassesEventsFAQFortsIroncladsMapMilitaryOverviewQuotesResourcesSearch150thTimelineSurveyThe Lost Cause1The LostCause is the name commonly given to a literary and intellectual movementthat sought to reconcile the traditional Southern white society to the defeat of theConfederate States of America in the Civil War. White Southerners soughtconsolation in attributing their loss to factors beyond their control and to betrayalsof their heroes and cause. Those who contributed to the movement tended toportray the Confederacy's cause as noble and most of the Confederacy's leaders asexemplars of old-fashioned chivalry, defeated by the Union armies not throughsuperior military skill, but by overwhelming force. They also tended to condemnReconstruction.The term Lost Causefirst appeared in the title of an 1866 book by the historianEdward A. Pollard, The Lost Cause: A New Southern History of the War of theConfederates. However, it was the articles written for the Southern HistoricalSociety by Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early in the 1870s that established the Lost Cause as along-lasting literary and cultural phenomenon.Early's original inspiration for his views may have come from General Robert E. Lee. In his farewell order to the Army of Northern Virginia, Lee spoke of the"overwhelming resources and numbers" that the Confederate army fought against.The Lost Cause theme was taken up by memorial associations such as the UnitedConfederate Veterans and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The Lost Cause

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