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Timothy B. Smith

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604734294

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604734294.001.0001

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“The Struggle Is Now for Her Existence as a State”

“The Struggle Is Now for Her Existence as a State”

(p.27) Chapter Two “The Struggle Is Now for Her Existence as a State”
Mississippi in the Civil War

Timothy B. Smith

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines Mississippi’s political system during the war. Beginning the conflict with a haughty pride and convinced of an easy victory, those in state government soon realized the problems inherent in independence. The state government went into a frenzied mode, with sessions of the legislature trying to address a continually deteriorating situation. Amid the context of monetary, infrastructural, and military challenges, the state government also faced a full-fledged invasion of its territory in 1863 that literally sent the government packing. The capture of the state capital at Jackson was more than just a psychological blow to Mississippians; it set the state government on the run. With much of the state overrun and occupied by Federals, Mississippi’s judicial branch almost quit functioning as well.

Keywords:   political system, Civil War, state government, independence

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