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North Carolinians in the Era of the Civil War and Reconstruction$
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Paul D. Escott

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832226

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837269_escott

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North Carolinian Ambivalence: Rethinking Loyalty and Disaffection in the Civil War Piedmont

North Carolinian Ambivalence: Rethinking Loyalty and Disaffection in the Civil War Piedmont

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(p.7) North Carolinian Ambivalence: Rethinking Loyalty and Disaffection in the Civil War Piedmont
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North Carolinians in the Era of the Civil War and Reconstruction
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David Brown

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807837269_escott.4

This chapter focuses on the issue of southern loyalty during the American Civil War, which has been a recurrent staple for nineteenth-century historians since Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox. In the past decade, however, it has evoked particular interest and controversy. The extent to which southerners rallied to the Confederate cause and sustained their commitment to the war has been the focus of considerable debate and much excellent work. Even so, there are few signs of general agreement: scholars remain bitterly divided on the question of southern lower-class loyalty during the war. On one side, historians such as Paul D. Escott, Wayne K. Durrill, and most recently, David Williams argue that class divisions seriously undermined the Confederate cause.

Keywords:   southern loyalty, American Civil War, Robert E. Lee, Appomattox, Confederate cause

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