The Yellowhammer War

The Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama

by Kenneth W. Noe, Jason J. Battles, Lonnie A. Burnett, Harriet E. Amos Doss, Bertis D. English, Michael W. Fitzgerald, Jennifer Lynn Gross, Patricia A. Hoskins, Kenneth W. Noe, Victoria E. Ott, Terry L. Seip, Ben H. Severance, Kristopher A. Teters, Jennifer Newman Treviño, Sarah Woolfolk Wiggins, Brian Steel Wills

Published to mark the Civil War sesquicentennial, The Yellowhammer War collects new essays on Alabama’s role in, and experience of, the bloody national conflict and its aftermath.

During the first winter of the war, Confederate soldiers derided the men of an Alabama Confederate unit for their yellow-trimmed uniforms that allegedly resembled the plumage of the yellow-shafted flicker or “yellowhammer” (now the Northern Flicker, Colaptes auratus, and the state bird of Alabama). The soldiers’ nickname, “Yellowhammers,” came from this epithet. After the war, Alabama veterans proudly wore yellowhammer feathers in their hats or lapels when attending reunions. Celebrations throughout the state have often expanded on that pageantry and glorified the figures, events, and battles of the Civil War with sometimes dubious attention to historical fact and little awareness of those who supported, resisted, or tolerated the war off the battlefield.

Many books about Alabama’s role in the Civil War have focused serious attention on the military and political history of the war. The Yellowhammer War likewise examines the military and political history of Alabama’s Civil War contributions, but it also covers areas of study usually neglected by centennial scholars, such as race, women, the home front, and Reconstruction. From Patricia A. Hoskins’s look at Jews in Alabama during the Civil War and Jennifer Ann Newman Treviño’s examination of white women’s attitudes during secession to Harriet E. Amos Doss’s study of the reaction of Alabamians to Lincoln’s Assassination and Jason J. Battles’s essay on the Freedman’s Bureau, readers are treated to a broader canvas of topics on the Civil War and the state.

CONTRIBUTORS
Jason J. Battles / Lonnie A. Burnett / Harriet E. Amos Doss / Bertis English / Michael W. Fitzgerald / Jennifer Lynn Gross / Patricia A. Hoskins / Kenneth W. Noe / Victoria E. Ott  / Terry L. Seip / Ben H. Severance / Kristopher A. Teters / Jennifer Ann Newman Treviño / Sarah Woolfolk Wiggins / Brian Steel Wills

Published in Cooperation with the Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South

  • University of Alabama Press; January 2014
  • ISBN: 9780817387044
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF format
  • Title: The Yellowhammer War
  • Author: Kenneth W. Noe (ed.); Jason J. Battles (contrib.); Lonnie A. Burnett (contrib.); Harriet E. Amos Doss (contrib.); Bertis D. English (contrib.); Michael W. Fitzgerald (contrib.); Jennifer Lynn Gross (contrib.); Patricia A. Hoskins (contrib.); Kenneth W. Noe (contrib.); Victoria E. Ott (contrib.); Terry L. Seip (contrib.); Ben H. Severance (contrib.); Kristopher A. Teters (contrib.); Jennifer Newman Treviño (contrib.); Sarah Woolfolk Wiggins (contrib.); Brian Steel Wills (contrib.)
  • Imprint: University Alabama Press

About The Author

Kenneth W. Noe is Alumni Professor and Draughon Professor of Southern History at Auburn University and author of several books, including Reluctant Rebels: The Confederates Who Joined the Army after 1861 and Southwest Virginia’s Railroad: Modernization and the Sectional Crisis in the Civil War Era.