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Cities of the DeadContesting the Memory of the Civil War in the South, 1865-1914$
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William A. Blair

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780807828960

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807876237_blair

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The Era of Mixed Feelings

The Era of Mixed Feelings

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(p.106) 5 The Era of Mixed Feelings
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Cities of the Dead
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William A. Blair

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807876237_blair.9

This chapter considers the politics of reconciliation in the 1870s. While former soldiers from North and South may have gathered periodically for reunions, these were sporadically attended and, in any case, did not prevent Union veterans from opposing ex-Confederates for national office. Former Confederates did show a greater willingness to make peace with the North during the mid-1870s, but the literature of reunion, with rare exception, has overlooked the political reasons behind this stand. Ex-Confederates reached across the bloody chasm to protect their hold on regional power, adopting accommodation so authorities would not have reason to intervene in southern affairs and would let the best white men govern. Some also believed they could not rebuild the South without the help of northern capital.

Keywords:   Civil War, Confederates, reconciliation

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