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Confederate Odyssey

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780820346854
Author(s): Gordon L. Jones
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2014
Publisher: University Of Georgia Press
Dimensions: 286 x 0 x 261 (w x l x h)
Pages: 448

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Throughout his life, Atlanta resident George W. Wray Jr. (1936-2004) built a collection of more than six hundred of the rarest Confederate artifacts including not just firearms and edged weapons but also flags, uniforms, and accoutrements. Today, Wray's collection forms an integral part of the Atlanta History Center's holdings of some eleven thousand Civil War artifacts. Confederate Odyssey tells the story of the Civil War through the Wray Collection. Analyzing the collection as material evidence, Gordon L. Jones demonstrates how a slave-based economy on the cusp of industrialization attempted to fight an industrial war. The broad range of the collection includes many rare or one-of-a-kind objects, such as a patent model and early inventions by gun maker George W. Morse, the blood-stained coat of a seventeen-year-old South Carolina soldier, battle flags made of cloth imported from England, and arms made in Georgia, the heart of the Confederacy's burgeoning military-industrial complex. As Civil War history, Confederate Odyssey benefits from the study of material remains as it bridges the domains of professional scholars and amateur collectors such as Wray.
The book tells of the stories, significance, and context of these artifacts to general readers and Civil War buffs alike. The Wray Collection is more than a gathering of relics; it is a tale of historical truths revealed in small details. Features: * Endorsed by the American Society Please click here to ask a question
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