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Author Mitchell, Charles W., 1954-

Title Maryland voices of the Civil War / Charley W. Mitchell.

Published Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.


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 UniM Bail  975.203 MITC    AVAILABLE
Physical description xv, 548 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Editorial Method xv -- Part I Indecision 9 -- 1 Fall 1860-Winter 1861 15 -- 2 April 1861 48 -- 3 May 1861 92 -- 4 Summer 1861 124 -- Part II "Occupation" 149 -- 5 Federals 153 -- 6 Recruits 203 -- 7 Arrests 229 -- 8 Prison 264 -- 9 Rebels 297 -- Part III Liberation 357 -- 10 Slaves 361 -- 11 Black Troops 400 -- 12 Freedom? 434 -- 13 Murder 458 -- Abbreviations for Frequently Cited Sources 477.
Summary "The most contentious event in our nation's history, the Civil War deeply divided families, friends, and communities. Both sides fought to define the conflict on their own terms - Lincoln and his supporters struggled to preserve the Union and end slavery, while the Confederacy waged a battle for the primacy of local liberty or "states' rights." But the war had its own peculiar effects on the four border slave states that remained loyal to the Union. Internal disputes and shifting allegiances injected uncertainty, apprehension, and violence into the everyday lives of their citizens." "No state better exemplified the vital role of a border state than Maryland - where the passage of time has not dampened debates over issues such as the alleged right of secession and executive power versus civil liberties in wartime. In Maryland Voices of the Civil War, Charles W. Mitchell draws upon hundreds of letters, diaries, and period newspapers - many previously unpublished - to portray the passions of a wide variety of people - merchants, slaves, soldiers, politicians, freedmen, women, clergy, slave owners, civic leaders, and children - caught in the emotional vise of war. Mitchell tells the story of how Maryland African Americans escaped from slavery and fought for the Union and their freedom alongside white soldiers, and he reinforces the provocative notion that Maryland's Southern sympathies - while genuine - never seriously threatened to bring about a Confederate Maryland." "Maryland Voices of the Civil War illuminates the human complexities of the Civil War era and the political realignment that enabled Marylanders to abolish slavery in their state before the end of the war."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Maryland -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
Maryland -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects.
ISBN 9780801886218 (hardcover : alk. paper)
080188621X (hardcover : alk. paper)