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The Won CauseBlack and White Comradeship in the Grand Army of the Republic$
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Barbara A. Gannon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834527

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877708_gannon

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Liberty and Union, Now and Forever, One and Inseparable

Liberty and Union, Now and Forever, One and Inseparable

What They Remembered They Won

(p.145) 11 Liberty and Union, Now and Forever, One and Inseparable
The Won Cause

Barbara A. Gannon

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter illustrates how northern veterans not only dealt with the physical and psychological aftermath of the war, they also dealt with a more spiritual crisis—finding something to redeem the sacrifice of their generation. Although northerners failed to articulate a Won Cause, at least not in so many words, they shared many common understandings of what they had fought for, what cause had been worthy of their generation's agony. Black and white veterans and their female associates had very similar understandings of what they had won with their shared sacrifice, though they diverged on what it meant in the decades after the war's end. The northern Civil War generation, or at least the segment represented by the GAR and its associates, believed that the dual cause of preserving the Union and ending slavery redeemed the sacrifice of their generation.

Keywords:   northern veterans, psychological aftermath, war, spiritual crisis, Won Cause

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