Civil War St. Louis

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $11.25
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 37%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (5) from $11.25   
  • New (2) from $11.25   
  • Used (3) from $11.65   

Overview

In the Civil War, rough-and-tumble St. Louis played a key role as a strategic staging ground for the Union army. A citadel of free labor in a slave state, it also harbored deeply divided loyalties that mirrored those of its troubled nation. Until now, however, the fascinating story of wartime St. Louis has remained largely unchronicled.

By the mid-nineteenth century, St. Louis had become the nation's greatest inland city, providing a "gateway to the West," a riverine crossroads for national commerce, and an ideal base for expansion-minded industrialists from the abolitionist Northeast. Yet as Louis Gerteis reveals, many of its citizens were staunchly dedicated to both slavery and the southern agrarian tradition. For them especially, federal martial law was an outrage, one that only served to nail the coffin shut on their loyalty to the Union.

Gerteis's rich and engaging narrative encompasses a wide range of episodes and events involving the lynching of freeman Francis McIntosh and murder of publisher Elijah Lovejoy, the infamous Dred Scott saga (which began in St. Louis), city politics and martial law, battles in and around the city (at Camp Jackson, Wilson's Creek, and Pea Ridge), major river campaigns, manufacture of ironclad combat ships, prison camps and hospitals, and efforts to secure civil rights for blacks while denying the same to former Confederates who would not swear loyalty to the Union.

Featuring famous figures like Thomas Hart Benton, John C. Fremont, Claiborne Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, and Sterling Price, Gerteis's study also sheds considerable light on the participation of women and the status of blacks throughout the conflict, offering gripping images of black and white Missourians contending with the issue of emancipation.

Ultimately, Gerteis offers a compelling portrait of a war-torn city—teeming with wounded soldiers, displaced civilians, runaway slaves, federal prisoners, and profiteers—that was forever changed by its wartime experiences, even as it anchored Union victory in the west.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble
During the Civil War, St. Louis wasn't just the "gateway to the West"; it was a battleground of divided loyalties and a citadel of free labor in a slave state. Critically located, this river city was a center of commercial transit; a strategic staging ground for the Union Army; and a bastion of proslavery opinion. Louis Gerteis's history of the Missouri metropolis shows how local issues and conflicting allegiances played out in the cauldron of war. This supple, revisionist narrative belongs on the shelf of every Civil War buff.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700613618
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Series: Modern War Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 422
  • Sales rank: 776,567
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. "A Citizen of the United States"

2. "A High Wall and a Deep Ditch"

3. "The Union, Without an If"

4. "This Means War"

5. "A Passion for Seeming"

6. "A Friend of the Enemy"

7. "Curing Us of Our Selfishness"

8. "Terror . . . of Shot and Shell"

9. "Slavery Dies Hard"

10. "A Foundation of Loyalty"

Notes

Bibliographic Essay

Index

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)