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Across the Divide: Union Soldiers View the Northern Home Front

Steven J. Ramold


Union soldiers left home in 1861 with expectations that the conflict would be short, the purpose of the war was clear, and public support back home was universal. As the war continued, however, Union soldiers began to perceive a great difference between what they expected and what was actually occurring. Their family relationships were evolving, the purpose of the war was changing, and civilians were questioning the leadership of the government and Army to the point of debating whether the war should continue at all. Separated from Northern civilians by a series of literal and figurative divid ... More

Keywords: anti-war movement, Civil War, Union soldiers, Union Army, civilians, social conflict, political conflict, North, letters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814729199
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814729199.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven J. Ramold, author