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Lincoln's Loyalists: Union Soldiers from the Confederacy Hardcover – June 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Northeastern (June 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555531245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555531249
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,507,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Nearly 100,000 men from Confederate states organized into battalions to fight with the armies of the North. These "unknown soldiers of the Civil War" represented 10% of the fighting force under Gen. Robert E. Lee's command, a significant loss to the strength of the South and an important resource for the North. They risked not only the dangers of war, but the certainty of being treated as deserters if taken prisoners. After the war their lives were endangered by the hostility of their embittered neighbors; some were beaten, "hunted down like dogs" or killed outright. There was little help from the North, struggling in the aftermath of Lincoln's death with the formidable problems of mending the nation. Although there is a considerable literature about the black soldiers who fought with the armies of the North, Current ( Those Terrible Carpetbaggers ) contends that little attention has been paid to these forgotten white Union loyalists. Drawing on overlooked sources, he provides an original and comprehensive, state-by-state account of their struggles and contributions. History Book Club alternate.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

White Southerners from every state in the Confederacy (except South Carolina) served in the Union forces during the Civil War, but no historical account of their activities existed before this outstanding book. Lincoln's Loyalists examines why these soldiers fought for the Union, how they fared in battle, how other soldiers--in both armies--treated them, and what kind of conditions their families endured. Noted Civil War scholar Current ( Arguing with Historians , LJ 10/15/87) honors the dedication of Southerners who opposed the Confederacy and took a stand against secession. For all Civil War collections. History Book Club alternate.
-W. Walter Wicker, Louisiana Tech Univ., Ruston
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Temm on April 21, 2003
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After getting stationed in Georgia back in 1997, I became interested in the cause of the Southern Unionists. As a CivWar reenactor I found this subject to be on one hand totally verbotten for polite fireside conversation. On the other, some interest but little information. Thank God over the last few years several books have come out to help fill that info gap. The South vs The South(poorest of the group), Lincoln's Loyalists, and Guerillas, Unionists,& Violence On the Confederate Homefront(very good!) have done alot for these forgotten souls. The best remains Lincoln's Loyalists, my orginal was permantly borrowed by a "rebel" buddy and passed about throughout the greyback community. Finally I've found another copy! Even for hardcore seesch, this book is a must read for anyone studying this sad chapter of our nations history.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 2000
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Most readers will probably be astonished to learn how extensive support for the Union was among white southerners during the Civil War. The author provides a detailed, state-by-state description of organized military units from the southern states that fought for the Union. A final chapter summarizes the statistics -- something that I found particularly helpful. I hope that many southerners will read this book and be inspired to seek out their own Loyal ancestors. This chapter of southern history desperately needs to be better known.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael N. Ryan on June 14, 2006
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I purchased a copy of this book soon after it was published.

Everyone knows some Southerners faught for the North. We have men like Admiral David Glasgow Faragut. We have West Virginia. But it turns out there is a lot more to the Southerners who sided with the North.

This book is their story. Comprehensively and state by state the author gives us their story. In addition to individuals serving in Northern state units except for South Carolina every single seceeding state contributed units to LIncoln's army. The South had no comperable formations. Yes, they had regiments from from the slave states that didn't seceed, Maryland, Kentucky and Missouri but no regiments from Pennsylvania, New York or New Jersey or any other.

This book also gives us a basic idea on what kind of men they were. For the most part they were hardly any different from those who faught for the South.

A most interesting read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. W. Levesque on March 27, 2006
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Current's book fills a little known niche within the body of knowledge of the American Civil War. It addresses union regiments and union loyalists, from Southern states, who fought for the north. Current reviews the bidding on a state-by-state basis addressing union support in each area. One outcome of this union support was the creation of the state of West Virginia, but Current also addresses the strong pro-union regions of the mountainous areas of Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Arkansas. It also reviews unionist support in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida. The book ends with a review of the loyalists' contribution (no worse, nor better than northern units).

Two things that struck me: first that there was more Union support than is popularly believed, and the Confederate authorities had to put considerable effort into controling their own populations. Second, it seems odd to have Confederate rebels become quite upset about rebels (or tories as they called them) in their own midst.
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