Standing Firmly by the Flag: Nebraska Territory and the Civil War, 1861-1867

Standing Firmly by the Flag: Nebraska Territory and the Civil War, 1861-1867

by James E. Potter
     
 

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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

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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 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
Kansas History - Christopher Phillips

"Standing Firmly by the Flag will likely stand for a long while as the most appealing history of Nebraska's civil war within the Civil War."—Christopher Phillips, Kansas History
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 Books
Publication date:
01/01/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
File size:
4 MB

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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
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

 

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