In the midst of the heartbreak, confusion, and rumors that
followed Appomattox, some Southerners resolved to emigrate rather
than surrender, and emigrate they did-to South America, Europe,
Canada, and Mexico.
Mexico's Emperor Maximilian, trying to secure his shaky throne
against Juarez' opposition, encouraged these recalcitrant
Confederates to settle in Mexico. But, doomed to defeat by the
internal crisis in Mexico and by the Southerners' failure to face
reality, the Confederate colonies were established and destroyed
within two years' time. Later, many of the colonists who survived
the ordeal tried to forget that they had ever gone into exile.
Among the emigrants were many prominent Southern leaders, barred
from holding public office and, in some cases, facing possible
arrest: General Jo Shelby, the hero of the Confederacy, who later
became so reconciled to the victory of the North that he voted for
a Republican; Commodore Matthew Maury, internationally recognized
oceanographer and naval astronomer, who was welcomed to Mexico by
Maximilian himself; Henry Watkins Allen, "the single great
administrator produced by the Confederacy," who founded the English
language "Mexican Times; "and Thomas Caute Reynolds, former
lieutenant governor of Missouri, who encouraged Maximilian to stay
in Mexico but who himself left. In all there may have been between
eight and ten thousand Confederates in Mexico.
The exodus, exile, and repatriation of the Confederates
constitute a hitherto incompletely known incident in American
history. In this fully documented account, Andrew F. Rolle reveals
the hope, humor, disappointment, and defeat of Americans who
believed that the only way to save their way of life was to leave
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