From: David C Frederick <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2000 20:47:06 -0400
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Southern Unionist Pamphlets and the Civil War
Edited by Jon L. Wakelyn
During the Civil War, many southerners expressed serious opposition to
secession and openly entreated their fellow southerners to maintain
support for the Union. A number of these unionists actively opposed the
Confederacy while remaining within its borders; others fled their homes
and the South, becoming exiles in northern cities and the border slave
states. The southern unionist leaders used their oral and written
communication skills to proclaim their opposition to the Confederacy,
often producing pamphlets that circulated in the North, in the border
states, and in the heart of the Confederacy itself. Jon L. Wakelyn
unites the voices of these southern unionists in the first comprehensive
collection of their written arguments--Southern Unionist Pamphlets and
the Civil War.
Including eighteen pamphlets and a discussion of twenty-two others, this
book provides a magnificent representation of the southern unionists and
their concerns. Written between 1861 and 1865, the pamphlets were
compiled by local and national political leaders, including three
federal congressmen and future vice president and president Andrew
Johnson, as well as concerned private citizens and members of the
military and clergy. Except for Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia,
all Confederate and border slave states are represented in this
The topics discussed and the events described in the pamphlets cover a
wide range of subjects. The authors discuss their motivation to remain
loyal to the union, the actions of their friends and enemies, the
perilous life of unionists behind military lines, their continued
support for the federal government, and their hopes for a restored
Union. Aware that their northern allies would read these pamphlets, the
unionists also wrote to solicit northern aid, to renew efforts to defeat
the Confederacy, and to gain sympathy for the plight of their people
behind enemy lines.
A remarkable collection of primary source material, Southern Unionist
Pamphlets and the Civil War provides the most detailed study of the
internal resistance to the Confederacy available to date. Students,
scholars, and general readers alike will find this volume an invaluable
resource for Civil War studies.
About the Editor
Jon L. Wakelyn, Professor of History at Kent State University in Kent,
Ohio, is the author or editor of eight books, including Leaders of the
American Civil War and Southern Pamphlets on Secession, 1860-1861.
Shades of Blue and Gray Series
Hermann Hattaway and Jon L. Wakelyn, Editors
1999. 408 pp. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4. Index. ISBN 0-8262-1264-6. $39.95s.
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