The Civil War in the Border South

The Civil War in the Border South

by Christopher Phillips


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275995027
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/31/2013
Series: Reflections on the Civil War Era Series
Pages: 171
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Christopher Phillips is professor of history at the University of Cincinnati, OH. He is the author of six books on the border states in the Civil War era.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix

Preface xi

Abbreviations xiii

Chapter 1 Slavery, Union, and Neutrality 1

Chapter 2 And the War Came 17

Chapter 3 And the Yankees Came 31

Chapter 4 The Confederacy's Tet Offensive 49

Chapter 5 The American Tornado 65

Chapter 6 The Darker Side of War 85

Epilogue 107

Notes 117

Bibliographical Essay 143

Index 153

What People are Saying About This

Jennifer L. Weber

"The Border States—slave states that chose to remain with the Union during the Civil War—were riven by North vs. South tensions in ways that other states were not. More than others, these states experienced the Civil War as a brothers' war. Ironically, in the postbellum years they took on a much stronger Southern identity than they ever had before. Christopher Phillips's look at these understudied states and the trials they endured is a valuable addition to our understanding of the Civil War and its enduring consequences."

William C. Harris

"In this well-researched and well-written book, Phillips brilliantly tells the tragic story of the unraveling of the social and institutional fabric in the border slave states during the Civil War. He shows in fascinating detail how military operations contributed to the bitter divisions and to the brutal guerrilla warfare that engulfed these states, especially Kentucky and Missouri. Phillips explains that from the outset of the war the protection of slavery and white racial fears provided the core dimension in the conflict in the border country. The author has done a masterful job of blending all elements of the war into his narrative."

Amy Murrell Taylor

"This valuable and compelling book will leave no one doubting the significance of the border states in the Civil War. Christopher Phillips sees order in the chaotic history of this region, offering a refreshing new interpretation of the border states and their 'southernization' that is sensitive throughout to the particularities of each locality. Not simply a place viewed as a problem by politicians in Washington, D.C., Phillips' border region was the home to soldiers and civilians, young and old, enslaved and free, who found themselves constantly testing and defending their loyalties like nowhere else in this war. The Civil War in the Border South is a short book that packs a big punch."

Daniel W. Crofts

"The Civil War shattered the social order in Maryland, Delaware, Kentucky, and Missouri. Bitter disagreements degenerated into guerrilla violence amid a swirl of Union occupations and Confederate invasions. Emancipation and the recruitment of black troops so angered most whites as to evoke a durable postwar pro-Confederate identity. Christopher Phillips is the best possible guide to this troubling tale. His taut prose in The Civil War in the Border South is anchored in deep research."

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