Can we call it anything but treason? [electronic resource] : loyalty and citizenship in Ohio Valley soldiers /Show full item record
|Title||Can we call it anything but treason? [electronic resource] : loyalty and citizenship in Ohio Valley soldiers /|
|Author||Altavilla, Keith Fellows|
|Description||Title from dissertation title page (viewed May 9, 2013).
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Texas Christian University, 2013.
Department of History; advisor, Steven E. Woodworth.
Includes bibliographical references.
Text (electronic thesis) in PDF.
This paper examines the relationship between Union soldiers from states along the Ohio River and Copperheads, members of the Peace faction of the Democratic Party during the American Civil War. The unique process of the Union Army's politicization was in large part driven by these Copperhead agitators. It encompasses soldiers' experiences both on the home front, as described in letters from family and friends, and in the field, marching through territory with residents who resented their presence. Throughout the war, soldiers and society grappled with questions of loyalty and what constituted a loyal citizenry. This region was a hotbed of Copperhead activity during the war, and to many soldiers Copperheads represented a tangible threat to their homes and families along with the war effort. Many soldiers struggled with the concept that such men could have a say in politics, while they, far from home, could not. An important facet of this relationship is the way in which these accounts of Copperhead agitation clashed with the political leanings many soldiers may have had towards the Democratic Party. Although some positions, such as pro-slavery and anti-emancipation, had sympathetic ears amongst the army, the consistent drumbeat of anti-war sentiment from these Copperheads drove soldiers towards the Republican Party. This most notably shows during elections, especially in the key elections for Ohio Governor in 1863 and U.S. President in 1864. By voting from the field in 1863 and 1864, soldiers remained active participants in the growing American democracy.
Soldiers United States Attitudes History 19th century.
Political socialization United States History 19th century.
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Protest movements.
United States. Army History Civil War, 1861-1865.
Democratic Party (U.S.) History.
Ohio River Valley History Civil War, 1861-1865.
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