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Hurrah for Us!: Morgan's Raid in the News
     

Hurrah for Us!: Morgan's Raid in the News

by Michael D. Yates
 

July 1863 marked a turning point in the Civil War. In the east, Lee's Army of Northern Virginia met defeat at Gettysburg, while in the west Vicksburg fell, dividing the Confederacy. Hoosier eyes, however, were focused closer to home, as Confederate cavalry under General John Hunt Morgan crossed the Ohio River in hopes of diverting Union troops and attention.

Overview

July 1863 marked a turning point in the Civil War. In the east, Lee's Army of Northern Virginia met defeat at Gettysburg, while in the west Vicksburg fell, dividing the Confederacy. Hoosier eyes, however, were focused closer to home, as Confederate cavalry under General John Hunt Morgan crossed the Ohio River in hopes of diverting Union troops and attention.

Follow General John Hunt Morgan's raid through the eyes of contemporary reports in southern Indiana newspapers. As editors reported the movements of the Confederate "freebooters," "horse-thieves," and "myrmidons," they revealed a deep-rooted pride in their home towns, but also a regional particularism that often defined the newspapers' readers by contrasting them with other, allegedly lesser states.

"Hurrah for us!" was the concluding cry of local farmers and tradesmen who valiantly--though often vainly--tried to slow Morgan's progress through Indiana in the summer of 1863. This article preserves the editors' florid, sometimes extravagant turns of phrase (fun reading in their own right) while considering the way people of the 19th century--and the 21st!--form identities by comparing ourselves with others.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940045248679
Publisher:
Michael D. Yates
Publication date:
08/27/2013
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
446 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Yates received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Huntington College (now Huntington University) in 2001, and spent the next twelve years telling the story of history to inquisitive grade schoolers. A native of Jennings County, Indiana, the story of Morgan’s Raid took place in his backyard, and is one of his favorites. Michael is also a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky (M.Div., 2010). He, his wife, and their three children recently moved from their fifth-generation family farm in southern Indiana to West Virginia, where he serves as an associate pastor at Grace Chapel Baptist Church.

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