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A generation at war : the Civil War era in a northern community

Author: Nicole Etcheson
Publisher: Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For all that has been written about the Civil War's impact on the urban northeast and southern home fronts, we have until now lacked a detailed picture of how it affected specific communities in the Union's Midwestern heartland. In this book the author offers a deeply researched micro history of one such community, Putnam County, Indiana, from the Compromise of 1850 to the end of Reconstruction, and shows how its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicole Etcheson
ISBN: 9780700617975 0700617973
OCLC Number: 714731535
Description: xii, 371 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The murder of Martha Mullinix --
Before the War. A northern party ; Appropriate places ; The excluded race --
The War. The Copperheads ; Their own corner ; Shoulder-strapped negroes --
After the War. Radicals and conservatives ; Pensioners ; Exodusters --
The monument builder.
Responsibility: Nicole Etcheson.
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Examines how the Civil War impacted specific communities in the Union's Midwestern heartland. Offers a deeply-researched microhistory of one such community--Putnam County, Indiana--from the  Read more...

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