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Civil War St. Louis (Modern War Studies) Paperback – November 26, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0700613618 ISBN-10: 0700613617 Edition: New edition
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"A great read for local Civil War buffs and all of us enchanted by the city's past." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"An outstanding and welcome examination of a city of immense importance." --Civil War Book Review

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"The bloody divisions created by the Civil War were deeper and higher in the Union slave states, where Americans were divided from the beginning and where there were numerous civil wars within the Civil War. Nowhere is this more true than in St. Louis. And no one has told the story of St. Louis's civil wars better than Louis Gerteis. . . . A triumph."--Ira Berlin, author of Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America

"Gerteis does a masterful job of unraveling the tangled mix of ethnic, racial, political, religious, economic, and kinship groups that defined this robust, cosmopolitan city. In so doing, he shows that not all the drama of the war took place on the battlefield."--Daniel E. Sutherland, author of Seasons of War: The Ordeal of a Confederate Community, 1861-1865

"Replete with gripping and unforgettable images."--Mark E. Neely, Jr., author of Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties

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Product Details

  • Series: Modern War Studies
  • Paperback: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas; New edition edition (November 26, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700613617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700613618
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Sullivan on January 27, 2010
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Being a border city in a slave state, St. Louis might have gone either way in the secession crisis. This is the story of how and why it emerged as a citadel of free labor within the Union. The reasons were economic, political, legal, demographic, military, certainly not moral. The side that prevailed saw slavery as obsolete, a relic of the past, an obstacle to progress. The raid on Camp Jackson asserted federal control over the city, and the Stars and Bars went underground.

This book captures the angst and excitement of the time. The illustrations bring to life some of the prominent people and places. Good coverage of the Dred Scott case, the Camp Jackson affair, the refugee and fugitive slave crises, martial law and civil liberties issues, military prisons, the sanitary commissions and the ladies' relief societies, gunboat building at the Carondelet boatyard. The story extends beyond the war.

This book is about the big shots at the top--the Fremonts, the Bentons, bankers, politicians, generals, lawyers, the courts, etc. If you want to learn how the Civil War affected the lives of ordinary St. Louisans, black and white, Galusha Anderson's book is probably a better choice. But if you want the legal fine points and the politics at the top, this is your book. It goes into great detail and is lavishly sourced.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason Mark Anderman on April 12, 2011
This book definitely surpassed my expectations. The author effectively pens a strong work of history while keeping the dramatic nature of these events compelling. As a native St. Louisan, I was shocked to learn many of the stunning details of this true story, such as the shooting and massacres that occurred on the streets of the city, the large Confederate encampment in town, and the floating hospital steamships on the riverfront filled with gruesomely injured soldiers. The writer adroitly explains the political and legal tension as well, including the rise of the Republican party, Dred Scott, martial law and habeas corpus, Missouri Confederate guerillas, and the impact of the famous Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton. All in all, this book is a terrific contribution to St. Louis history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By democrat on July 1, 2011
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This is the best documented account I have ever read about the situation in St. Louis before and during the Civil War. It was detailed and fair to both sides. A Must Have for everyone interested in St. Louis [and Missouri] history.
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