New Perspectives on the Union War

9780823284542: Hardback
Release Date: 4th June 2019

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Release Date: 4th June 2019

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Release Date: 4th June 2019

Dimensions: 152.4 x 228.6

Number of Pages: 272

Edition: 1st Edition

Series The North's Civil War

Fordham University Press

New Perspectives on the Union War

New Perspectives on the Union War explores, at a wide array of points along the political spectrum, the many shapes patriotic sentiment took in the loyal states during the Civil War. The essays provide new insights into well-known figures such as Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase, political philosopher Francis Lieber, African American author/entrepreneur Elizabeth Keckley, abolitionist Abby Kelly Foster, New York governor Horatio Seymour, and Attorney General Edward Bates. They also offer the perspectives of common soldiers, of the partisan press, of the clergy, and of social reformers.
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Edited by Gary Gallagher and Elizabeth Varon, two of the most prominent nineteenth-century American historians in the nation, New Perspectives on the Union War provides a more nuanced understanding of what “Union” meant in the Civil War North by exploring how various groups of northerners conceived of the term. The essays in this volume demonstrate that while there was a broad consensus that the war was fought, or should be fought, for the cause of Union, there was bitter disagreement over how to define that cause—debate not only between political camps but also within them. The chapters touch on economics, politics, culture, military affairs, ethnicity, and questions relating to just war.

Contributors: Michael T. Caires, Frank Cirillo, D.H. Dilbeck, Jack Furniss, Jesse George-Nichol, William B. Kurtz, Peter C. Luebke, and Tamika Nunley

Gary W. Gallagher and Elizabeth R. Varon | 1

Waiting for the Perfect Moment: Abby Kelley Foster and Stephen Foster’s Union War
Frank J. Cirillo | 9

Elizabeth Keckly’s Union War
Tamika Y. Nunley | 39

To Save the Union “in Behalf of Conservative Men”: Horatio Seymour and the Democratic Vision for War
Jack Furniss | 63

The Union as It Was: Northern Catholics’ Conservative Unionism
William B. Kurtz | 91

“Certain Ill-Considered Phrases”: Edward Bates and the Disunionist Dangers of Radical Rhetoric
Jesse George-Nichol | 114

“Responsible to One Another and to God”: Why Francis Lieber Believed the Union War Must Remain a Just War
D. H. Dilbeck | 143

Building a Union of Banks: Salmon P. Chase and the Creation of the National Banking System
Michael T. Caires | 160

“To Transmit and Perpetuate the Fruits of This Victory”: Union Regimental Histories and the Great
Rebellion in Immediate Retrospect
Peter C. Luebke | 186

Notes 201

Bibliographic Note 241

List of Contributors 245

Index 247

Gary W. Gallagher (Edited By)
Gary W. Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War and Director of the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including The Union War.
Elizabeth R. Varon (Edited By)
Elizabeth R. Varon is Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History and Associate Director of the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia. She is the author of numerous books, including Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War.

The eight deeply researched and highly accessible case studies that make up New Perspectives on the Union War counter traditional narratives that place northerners into one of a few discrete political categories by mapping out the complex political spectrum occupied by northerners in their support for the Civil War.

Matthew Gallman, University of Florida

Each essay presents a healthy mix of familiar subjects and historical actors, as well as others who are less known, and even somewhat neglected today, creating a well-rounded portrait of events. Collectively, this volume succeeds in addressing the topic by capturing the diversity of Northern views on the meaning of "union" and how these views affected support for the Civil War.