University Press of Mississippi
The reasons are not hard to understand. The centrifugal force in Civil War historiography remains the question of why the United States succeeded while the Confederacy collapsed. What Jarret Ruminski argues in this rich, complicated book, is that we ought to view the question of loyalty and disloyalty in the Confederacy not as a binary choice, but as an overlapping set of forces that pulled at individuals in several different directions and at different times. The contribution that Ruminski’s book makes is to emphasize loyalty’s complexity. By uncoupling it from the question of why the Confederacy lost the Civil War, Ruminski points to the messy, inconclusive, fragmentary experience of common people, where little was certain, and destruction was everywhere
"The Limits of Loyalty: Ordinary People in Civil War Mississippi,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 21
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/cwbr/vol21/iss2/7