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The Gentlemen and the Roughs: Violence, Honor, and Manhood in the Union Army

Lorien Foote

Abstract

During the Civil War, the Union army appeared cohesive enough to withstand four years of grueling war against the Confederates and to claim victory in 1865. But fractiousness bubbled below the surface of the North's presumably united front. Internal fissures were rife within the Union army: class divisions, regional antagonisms, ideological differences, and conflicting personalities all distracted the army from quelling the Southern rebellion. This book reveals that these internal battles were fought against the backdrop of manhood. Clashing ideals of manliness produced myriad conflicts, as wh ... More

Keywords: American Civil War, Union army, Confederate army, manhood, manliness, gentlemen, roughs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780814727904
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814727904.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lorien Foote, author