Creating a Confederate Kentucky

The Lost Cause and Civil War Memory in a Border State

By Anne E. Marshall

256 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 9 halftones, notes, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-0983-6
    Published: August 2013
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-8173-1
    Published: December 2010
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-0-8078-9936-6
    Published: December 2010

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In Creating a Confederate Kentucky, Anne E. Marshall traces the development of a Confederate identity in Kentucky between 1865 and 1925, belying the fact that Kentucky never left the Union. After the Civil War, the people of Kentucky appeared to forget their Union loyalties and embraced the Democratic politics, racial violence, and Jim Crow laws associated with former Confederate states. Marshall looks beyond postwar political and economic factors to the longer-term commemorations of the Civil War by which Kentuckians fixed the state's remembrance of the conflict for the following sixty years.

About the Author

Anne E. Marshall is associate professor of history at Mississippi State University.
For more information about Anne E. Marshall, visit the Author Page.


"Marshall has illuminated an important and understudied aspect of how a border region simultaneously departed from and reflected broader patterns of memory. Marshall’s excellent study will refine our understanding of how contested and unpredictable memory was and continues to be."--The American Historical Review

"Anne Marshall’s Creating a Confederate Kentucky alters the entire field of Civil War memory study….[It] is a masterful work of scholarship. Its prose is lucid; its research is thorough; and its interpretative power is truly ground-breaking."--Civil War Book Review

"Marshall has crafted an easily read, easily comprehensible scholarly volume. Recommended. All levels/libraries."--Choice

"By enriching our understanding of the ways Confederate Kentuckians, white Unionists, and African Americans interpreted the state's participation in the Civil War, Marshall also sheds significant light on the processes through which competing interests claim ownership of history."--The Journal of American History

"An excellent book: tightly argued, richly detailed, and elegantly written. It is a model of what a state study can do, showing the importance of not just race, but also place, to the story of the Lost Cause."--Civil War Monitor

"Rather than focusing exclusively on postwar political and economic factors, Creating a Confederate Kentucky looks over the longer term at Kentuckians' activities . . . by which they commemorated the Civil War and fixed the state's remembrance of it for sixty years following the conflict. . . . Will be a nice addition to your Confederate/Kentucky library shelf. . . . Excellent."--Lone Star Book Review

Multimedia & Links

Read: Anne's guest post at the UNC Press blog.

Read: An interview with Anne at the Civil War Book Review.