Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival [NOOK Book]

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Connecticut in the American Civil War offers readers a remarkable window into the state’s involvement in a conflict that challenged and defined the unity of a nation. The arc of the war is traced through the many facets and stories of battlefield, home front, and factory. Matthew Warshauer masterfully reveals the varied attitudes toward slavery and race before, during, and after the war; Connecticut’s reaction to the firing on Fort Sumter; the dissent in the state over whether or not the sword and musket should ...

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Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival

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Overview

Connecticut in the American Civil War offers readers a remarkable window into the state’s involvement in a conflict that challenged and defined the unity of a nation. The arc of the war is traced through the many facets and stories of battlefield, home front, and factory. Matthew Warshauer masterfully reveals the varied attitudes toward slavery and race before, during, and after the war; Connecticut’s reaction to the firing on Fort Sumter; the dissent in the state over whether or not the sword and musket should be raised against the South; the raising of troops; the sacrifice of those who served on the front and at home; and the need for closure after the war. This book is a concise, amazing account of a complex and troubling war. No one interested in this period of American history can afford to miss reading this important contribution to our national and local stories.

The paperback edition includes a reading guide, which is also available at http://www.wesleyan.edu/wespress/e-books/materials/warshauer_reading_guide.pdf

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Connecticut may have been far from the Civil War battle frontlines, but the Nutmeg State still played a significant part in that bloody conflagration. Matthew Warshauer's Connecticut in The American Civil War shows how people in the state responded quickly to the shot fired on Fort Sumter. Some debated the proper response to secession, but residents voted with their feet, eventually filling thirty full regiments of infantry for the Union cause. This micro-history reveals facets of the conflict missed in "big picture" narratives of the war.

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" Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival serves as a model of what a state-level survey of the Civil War can achieve. More than a synthesis, his book attains a potent combination of description and analysis."—Peter C. Luebke, The Civil War Monitor

“A concise, well written overview of the major battles fought both on the ground and in the political arena during the Civil war. …(O)ffers fresh insight in the political motivations for both Connecticut lawmakers and nationally elected officials regarding slavery, emancipation—Christina Beaird, AASL/PLR “Outstanding” University Press Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819571397
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2011
  • Series: Driftless Connecticut Series & Garnet Books
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 443,584
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

MATTHEW WARSHAUER is a professor of history at Central Connecticut State University. He is the editor of the scholarly journal Connecticut History and the author of Andrew Jackson and the Politics of Martial Law: Nationalism, Civil Liberties, and Partisanship and Andrew Jackson in Context.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Connecticut Within the Nation, 1776–1860: Slavery, Race, and Politics
And the War Came, 1860–61
A Recognition of Death, 1862
The Union Crucible, 1863
Expensive Victory,1864–65
Survival’s Memory, 1865–1965
Epilogue
Notes
Further Reading and Research
Index

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