I Fear I Shall Never Leave This Island: Life in a Civil War Prison by David R. Bush (review)

I Fear I Shall Never Leave This Island: Life in a Civil War Prison by David R. Bush (review) is what tipped the scales in favor of the South's surrender" will raise eyebrows (203). The claim minimizes other causes for the final collapse of the Confederate war effort, such as the depletion of southern manpower, southern doubts about success after Lincoln's reelection, and the determination and sacrifice of Union soldiers and the northern people. One wonders, too, if the author's thesis is correct, why the North did not win the war against hungry Confederates in 1863 or 1864? Starving the South is entertaining, and it capably recounts several wartime episodes. The book does not provide Civil War scholars with new interpretive models, however, nor does it contribute much to the historiography of the war. M. Brem Bonner m. brem bonner, assistant professor of history at the University of South Carolina, Lancaster, is coauthor with Peter McCord of "Reassessment of the Union Blockade's Effectiveness in the Civil War," North Carolina Historical Review 88 (2011): 375­98, and of a forthcoming book titled Confederate Political Economy to be published by Louisiana State University Press. I Fear I Shall Never Leave This Island: Life in a Civil War Prison. By David R. Bush. (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2011. Pp. 269. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

I Fear I Shall Never Leave This Island: Life in a Civil War Prison by David R. Bush (review)

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is what tipped the scales in favor of the South's surrender" will raise eyebrows (203). The claim minimizes other causes for the final collapse of the Confederate war effort, such as the depletion of southern manpower, southern doubts about success after Lincoln's reelection, and the determination and sacrifice of Union soldiers and the northern people. One wonders, too, if the author's thesis is correct, why the North did not win the war against hungry Confederates in 1863 or 1864? Starving the South is entertaining, and it capably recounts several wartime episodes. The book does not provide Civil War scholars with new interpretive models, however, nor does it contribute much to the historiography of the war. M. Brem Bonner m. brem bonner, assistant professor of history at the University of South Carolina, Lancaster, is coauthor with Peter McCord of "Reassessment of the Union Blockade's Effectiveness in the Civil War," North Carolina Historical Review 88 (2011): 375­98, and of a forthcoming book titled Confederate Political Economy to be published by Louisiana State University Press. I Fear I Shall Never Leave This Island: Life in a Civil War Prison. By David R. Bush. (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2011. Pp. 269.

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Published: Feb 13, 2013

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