Shifting Loyalties

Shifting Loyalties

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In the spring of 1862, Union forces marched into neighboring Carteret and Craven Counties in southeastern North Carolina, marking the beginning of an occupation that would continue for the rest of the war. Focusing on a wartime community with divided allegiances, Judkin Browning offers new insights into the effects of war on southerners and the nature of civil-military relations under long-term occupation, especially coastal residents' negotiations with their occupiers and each other as they forged new social, cultural, and political identities. Unlike citizens in the core areas of the Confederacy, many white residents in eastern North Carolina had a strong streak of prewar Unionism and appeared to welcome the Union soldiers when they first arrived. By 1865, however, many of these residents would alter their allegiance, developing a strong sense of southern nationalism. African Americans in the region, on the other hand, utilized the presence of Union soldiers to empower themselves, as they gained their freedom in the face of white hostility. Browning's study ultimately tells the story of Americans trying to define their roles, with varying degrees of success and failure, in a reconfigured country.The Union Occupation of Eastern North Carolina Judkin Browning ... he brazenly taunted Union officers outside New Bern in 1863, and he edited a a€œrebela€ newspaper in New Bern after the war.58 James Rumley, the secessionist ... Though he never attained dazzling wealth, Manney owned a comfortable home and enjoyed a spotless professional reputation; he was universally acknowledged by the locals and credit agents to have a good character and to be a€œin very good standing.

Title:Shifting Loyalties
Author: Judkin Browning
Publisher:Univ of North Carolina Press - 2011-03-01

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