The border states during the Civil War have long been ignored or misunderstood in general histories. This book corrects that oversight, explaining how many border state residents used wartime realities to redefine their politics and culture as "Southern."
• Explains how neutrality and definitions of loyalty and disloyalty during the war, which became key political issues, emerged from the military experience in the neutral border slave states
• Documents how Lincoln's major wartime political issues centered on events or conflicts that originated in the border slave states
• Describes the centrality of emancipation, black enlistment, and their intersection with guerrilla warfare in the border states' experience during the Civil War
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
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
Bibliographical Essay 143
What People are Saying About This
"The Border Statesslave states that chose to remain with the Union during the Civil Warwere 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."
"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."
"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."
"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."