Standing Firmly by the Flag: Nebraska Territory and the Civil War, 1861-1867 [NOOK Book]

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From a pool of barely nine thousand men of military age, Nebraska—still a territory at the time—sent more than three thousand soldiers to the Civil War. They fought and died for the Union cause, were wounded, taken prisoner, and in some cases deserted. But Nebraska’s military contribution is only one part of the more complex and interesting story that James E. Potter tells in Standing Firmly by the Flag, the first book to fully explore Nebraska’s involvement in the Civil War and the war’s involvement in ...

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Overview

From a pool of barely nine thousand men of military age, Nebraska—still a territory at the time—sent more than three thousand soldiers to the Civil War. They fought and died for the Union cause, were wounded, taken prisoner, and in some cases deserted. But Nebraska’s military contribution is only one part of the more complex and interesting story that James E. Potter tells in Standing Firmly by the Flag, the first book to fully explore Nebraska’s involvement in the Civil War and the war’s involvement in Nebraska’s evolution from territory to thirty-seventh state on March 1, 1867.

Although distant from the major battlefronts and seats of the warring governments, Nebraskans were aware of the war’s issues and subject to its consequences. National debates about the origins of the rebellion, the policies pursued to quell it, and what kind of nation should emerge once it was over echoed throughout Nebraska. Potter explores the war’s impact on Nebraskans and shows how, when Nebraska Territory sought admission to the Union at war’s end, it was caught up in political struggles over Reconstruction, the fate of the freed slaves, and the relationship between the states and the federal government.

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Editorial Reviews

South Dakota State Historical Society - Donald C. Simmons Jr.

"The author's commitment to detail and analysis of events as they relate to the broader context of Nebraska and national history make it a "must read" for professional historians, and yet the reader-friendly style will also appeal to more general audiences less familiar with such history."—Donald C. Simmons Jr., South Dakota State Historical Society
Great Plains Quarterly - Tim McNeese
"Potter has written a well-researched work, one that helps carve a wider niche for Nebraska's role in the Civil War while providing context for the development of the Great Plains."—Tim McNeese, Great Plains Quarterly
Eli Paul

“A masterful narrative of wartime passions, played out on the battlefields, in the newspapers, and in the territorial legislature. Standing Firmly by the Flag tells the tumultuous story that culminated not on the road to Appomattox, but on the fitful path to Nebraska statehood.”—Eli Paul, editor of The Nebraska Indian Wars Reader: 1865–1877

 

Edward G. Longacre

“This is easily the most complete and satisfying study of a critical but relatively neglected period in Nebraska’s territorial history. . . . Standing Firmly by the Flag offers a multifaceted portrait—military, political, economic, and social—of a frontier territory more affected by the tumult of civil war than its location (hundreds of miles from the conflict’s major battlefields) would suggest.”—Edward G. Longacre, author of The Cavalry at Gettysburg and Lee’s Cavalrymen
Civil War Books and Authors - Andrew Wagenhoffer

"Standing by the Flag: Nebraska Territory and the Civil War, 1861-1867 deserves a great deal of credit for taking on a subject previously unexamined. In effectively doing so, it significantly enhances our knowledge and understanding the Civil War west of the Mississippi."—Andrew Wagenhoffer, Civil War Books and Authors
Strategy Page - A. A. Nofi

"Well written, Standing Firmly by the Flag is a readable and engaging account of the Civil War in an area hardly ever touched upon by most books on the subject, and will prove rewarding reading for anyone interested in America in the mid-nineteenth century."—A. A. Nofi, Strategy Page
Annals of Iowa - Kurt Hackemer

"Standing Firmly by the Flag is required reading for anyone who hopes to understand Nebraska's Civil War experience."—Kurt Hackemer, Annals of Iowa
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803244900
  • Publisher: UNP - Bison Original
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 863,445
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

 James E. Potter is a senior research historian at the Nebraska State Historical Society. He is the coeditor, with Edith Robbins, of Marching with the First Nebraska: A Civil War Diary.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xix

Introduction: Nebraska Territory on the Eve of War 1

1 1861: "Civil War Is upon Us" 15

2 1862: "Nobly Did the First Nebraska Sustain Its Reputation" 45

3 1863: "Let Us Battle … for 'The Constitution As It Is, and The Union As It Was'" 77

4 1864: "You May Expect a General Indian Outbreak in All This Western Country" 117

5 1865: "Peace Will Soon Again Bless the Land" 167

6 1866: "A Change of Government… Is Being Freely Discussed" 225

7 1867: "Nebraska Has a Singularly Bright and Prosperous Future" 265

Epilogue: The New State and the Old Soldiers 283

Notes 293

Bibliography 335

Index 347

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