Shifting Loyalties: The Union Occupation of Eastern North by Judkin Browning

By Judkin Browning

Within the spring of 1862, Union forces marched into neighboring Carteret and Craven Counties in southeastern North Carolina, marking the start of an profession that may proceed for the remainder of the warfare. targeting a wartime neighborhood with divided allegiances, Judkin Browning bargains new insights into the results of conflict on southerners and the character of civil-military kin below long term career, in particular coastal citizens' negotiations with their occupiers and every different as they cast new social, cultural, and political identities.Unlike electorate within the middle parts of the Confederacy, many white citizens in japanese North Carolina had a robust streak of prewar Unionism and looked as if it would welcome the Union infantrymen once they first arrived. via 1865, even if, a lot of those citizens may regulate their allegiance, constructing a robust feel of southern nationalism. African americans within the area, however, applied the presence of Union infantrymen to empower themselves, as they won their freedom within the face of white hostility. Browning's learn eventually tells the tale of usa citizens attempting to outline their roles, with various levels of luck and failure, in a reconfigured kingdom.

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On June 25, 1861, three weeks after Pool’s company departed, Leecraft admitted defeat, telling Governor Ellis that his “endeavors to raise a company . . ” Duty only went so far. For these men, if duty to country and family could not be made compatible, then their obligations to family were much stronger than their obligations to a country that had held their nominal citizenship for only a month. Stressing the importance of defending the state’s coastline, Leecraft urged the governor to allow him to enlist a company to guard the shores of Carteret.

Quickly joining the Beauregard Rifles in the service were the “Gaston Rifles”— organized by twenty-three-year-old Hugh L. Cole, son of one of the largest landowning farmers in the county—and the Elm City Rifles militia company, which boasted twenty-two-year-old George C. Lewis as captain and twenty-one-year-old Alexander Miller as first lieutenant. Lewis and Miller lived together and worked for Miller’s father in his successful rosin oil distillery. 10 Forty-year-old attorney and 1858 gubernatorial candidate Duncan K.

27 Similarly, in the presidential election of 1856, the fate of the Union and southern interests dominated political discourse in the South. A troubled friend wrote to New Bern’s John D. ” Concern had grown rapidly over which party was strong enough to thwart the newly formed northern Republican Party and its platform explicitly opposing the expansion of slavery. 28 Some attitudes began to change in the fall of 1859, when word of John 20 Antebellum Antecedents Brown’s October raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia, spread into eastern North Carolina.

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