Shifting Loyalties

Shifting Loyalties

The Union Occupation of Eastern North Carolina

by Judkin Browning

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/02/2014

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In the spring of 1862, Union forces marched into neighbouring Carteret and Craven Counties in southeastern North Carolina, marking the beginning of an occupation that would continue for the rest of the war. Focusing on a wartime community with divided allegiances, Judkin Browning offers new insights into the effects of war on southerners and the nature of civil-military relations under long-term occupation, especially coastal residents' negotiations with their occupiers and each other as they forged new social, cultural, and political identities.

Unlike citizens in the core areas of the Confederacy, many white residents in eastern North Carolina had a strong streak of prewar Unionism and appeared to welcome the Union soldiers when they first arrived. By 1865, however, many of these residents would alter their allegiance, developing a strong sense of southern nationalism. African Americans in the region, on the other hand, utilised the presence of Union soldiers to empower themselves, as they gained their freedom in the face of white hostility. Browning's study ultimately tells the story of Americans trying to define their roles, with varying degrees of success and failure, in a reconfigured country.
ISBN:
9781469613703
9781469613703
Category:
American Civil War
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-02-2014
Language:
English
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
264
Dimensions (mm):
235x156x18mm
Weight:
0.54kg

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