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Across the DivideUnion Soldiers View the Northern Home Front$
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Steven J. Ramold

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814729199

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814729199.001.0001

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(p.169) Epilogue
Across the Divide

Steven J. Ramold

NYU Press

This book concludes by focusing on the end of antagonism between Union soldiers and Northern civilians that arose during the Civil War. The differences in opinion between the soldiers of the Union Army and civilian populations were a byproduct of the economic, political, and social divisions caused by the Civil War. Such differences vanished when the war ended and peace came in 1865, with citizen-soldiers making their transition back into civilian life. This epilogue considers the factors that contributed to the disappearance of the wartime divisions between Union soldiers and Northern civilians, including the outpouring of Northern enthusiasm at the arrival of peace and the soldiers' desire to see the uncomfortable memory of the divide come to an end.

Keywords:   peace, Union soldiers, North, civilians, Civil War, Union Army, citizen-soldiers, civilian life

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