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Lost Cause of the Confederacy

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  • Brig. Gen John McCausland (CSA) (1836 - 1927)
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  • Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States (1808 - 1889)
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  • Sen. John Warwick Daniel, Sr. (CSA) (1842 - 1910)
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This <project> is reserved for genealogical members of Civil War (CSA) veterans.

The initial purpose is to list adherents who actually fought in the Civil War and then later espoused "Lost Cause" views after Appomattox.

I suggest NOT adding

  • Civil War soldiers merely because they fought in the War
    • descendants of the post-bellum adherents should be added if they espoused such opinion in print media, speeches, sermons, and the like


Others, such as more modern proponents should be collected in an as yet uncreated sub-project if so desired.

Key Elements

~• wikipedia: "It was the articles written by General Jubal A. Early in the 1870s for the Southern Historical Society that firmly established the Lost Cause as a long-lasting literary and cultural phenomenon. The 1881 publication of The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government by ex-Confederate President Jefferson Davis, a two-volume defense of the Southern cause, provided another important text in the history of the Lost Cause. Davis blamed the enemy for "whatever of bloodshed, of devastation, or shock to republican government has resulted from the war".

The Lost Cause ideology includes fallacies about the relationships between slaves and masters.

"The Lost Cause legend includes the assertion that slavery was not the main dispute between the North and the South and was not the cause of secession. The myth claims that it was merely a matter of time before the South would have given up slavery by its own choice, and that it was the trouble-making abolitionists who manufactured disagreement between the regions. Enslaved African Americans were characterized as faithful and happy.[45][46]"

"A nationalistic basis for Lost Cause rhetoric is the notion that Southerners were descended from the Norman knights of William the Conqueror, "a race [...] renowned for its gallantry, chivalry, its honour, its gentleness, and its intellect".[47][48] Lost Cause advocates try to rationalize the Confederate military defeat with the assertion that the South had not actually been defeated; rather, it had been unfairly overcome by the massive manpower and resources of the deceitful Yankees. Contradictorily, they also maintain that the South would have won the war if it had prevailed in the battle at Gettysburg, and that it lost because of Stonewall Jackson's death in 1863 and the failure of Lt. Gen. James Longstreet."

Profiles on Wikipedia & Elsewhere


as opposed to


  • The American Civil War Audio CD – January 1, 2000 by Professor Gary W Gallagher (Author)
    • This course examines the American Civil War with emphasis on the period from 1861 to 1865. There are 48 separate lectures given by Gary W. Gallagher, Ph.D. of the University of Virginia. Each lecture is approximately 30 minutes in length. Professor Gallagher is recognized as one of the top hitorians of the Civil War and is a prolific author.
  • Alan T. Nolan & Gary Gallagher The Myth of the Lost Cause and Civil War History. Indiana University Press. 2000. ISBN 0253338220