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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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“A Swath of Desolation”

“A Swath of Desolation”

(p.68) Chapter Four “A Swath of Desolation”
Mississippi in the Civil War

Timothy B. Smith

University Press of Mississippi

The Federals dismantled the state’s infrastructure during the war, including everything from mills, farms, and plantations to railroads, shipyards, and factories. As the Federals destroyed or occupied plantations and farms, fewer goods were available for either the people or the armies. As more and more communication and transportation entities were destroyed, the state’s ability to ship what goods that were left became increasingly problematic. This chapter examines how Mississippi was increasingly unable to feed either its armies or its people, and destitution became rampant.

Keywords:   infrastructure, Federals, food supply, destitution

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