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Reluctant Partners: Nashville and the Union, 1863-1865 Hardcover – December 1, 2008

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  • Hardcover: 327 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Tennessee Press; 1st Edition edition (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157233634X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572336346
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,706,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1862, Nashville became the first Southern state capital to be captured by the Union Army; that occupation would not end until after the Civil War's conclusion in 1865. In two incisive books, first published more than twenty years ago and available once more for a new generation of readers, Walter T. Durham traces occupied Nashville's reluctant transition from Rebel stronghold to partner of the Union.
Together, Nashville and Reluctant Partners highlight the importance of local history within Civil War scholarship and assess the impact of the war on people other than combat soldiers and places other than battlefields. Nashville examines the first seventeen months of the Union occupation, showing how the local population coped with the sudden presence of an enemy force. It also explores the role of military governor Andrew Johnson and how he asserted his authority over the city. Reluctant Partners depicts a city coming to grips with the rapidly fading prospect of a Confederate victory and how, faced with this reality, its citizens began to cooperate with Johnson and the Union. Their reward was a booming economy and scant battle damage.
With new prefaces discussing the two decades of scholarship that have emerged since these books' original appearance, these volumes offer an absorbing view of Union occupation at the most local of levels. Durham's volumes remain at the forefront of reconsidering the Civil War in the Upper South. Students and scholars of the Civil War-particularly in its social dimensions-as well as devotees of Tennessee history will find these new editions invaluable.

Walter T. Durham is the author of seventeen books, including Balie Peyton of Tennessee: Nineteenth-Century Politics and Thoroughbreds and Volunteer Forty-niners: Tennesseans and the California Gold Rush. He has been the Tennessee state historian since 2002.

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Walter T. Durham is the author of seventeen books, including Balie Peyton of Tennessee: Nineteenth-Century Politics and Thoroughbreds and Volunteer Forty-niners: Tennesseans and the California Gold Rush. He has been the Tennessee state historian since 2002.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Henry Berry on March 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The two biggest events during the years covered by Durham in this second of his two-volume study of the Federal occupation of the Confederate state Tennessee's capital of Nashville are the arrival of Grant to set up headquarters and the Union general Thomas's crushing defeat of the Confederate army under General Hood in an effort to retake the city. Grant had been made commander of the Military Division of the Mississippi, in effect commander of all Union forces on the western front. Departments of Ohio, the Cumberland, and Tennessee were among those under Grant's command. His setting up headquarters in Nashville not only emphasized the Union control of this important southern political, cultural, and commercial city, but also symbolized the Union's confidence that it was on the road to victory in the Civil War. The Confederate attempt to retake Nashville indicated its recognition of the importance of the city both symbolically and strategically for the western theater of war.

Throughout most of this period of the occupation, Andrew Johnson (Lincoln's future vice president and a major architect of Reconstruction following the War) continued to be the city's military governor responsible for all sorts of affairs.
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