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Lincoln's Loyalists: Union Soldiers From the Confederacy Paperback – January 20, 1994
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Richard Nelson Current is University Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. His books include Those Terrible Carpetbaggers, The Lincoln Nobody Knows, and Lincoln and the First Shot. In 1956 he won the Bancroft prize for Lincoln the President, co-authored with J.C. Randall.
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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.
This is unfortunate because with any other aspect of the American Civil War you would have 100 books to choose from in whatever subject area you choose. However those books dealing with Southern Loyalists published in the last 20 years can be counted on the fingers of one hand if this is an exaggeration its not an exaggeration by alot. Those southerners who sided with the United States instead of the new Confederacy are truly the unsung heros of the war.
For people interested in this area I would recommend two books Bushwakers by William R. Trotter and A Thrilling Narrative: The Memoir of a Southern Unionist by Dennis E. Haynes a Louisiana native that fought for the old Union in the war.
Either of these publications will have more information and character in them then this brave but rather dull publication.
Have read it twice so far.
The author gives a detailed state-by-state accounting of the Union regiments formed by men who lived in the southern states, as well as the battles they fought in. He makes the case that these men numbered at least 100,000, which means that by their actions they deprived the confederacy of significant manpower.
Also told here is the story of how these soldiers were often mistreated (including being executed sometimes) when captured by the confederates.
The book is well written, but sometimes slow reading. I found it very worthwhile (and moving) - before reading it, I had had no idea of the large numbers of Union soldiers from the south.