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Shifting LoyaltiesThe Union Occupation of Eastern North Carolina$
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Judkin Browning

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834688

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877722_browning

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White Rejection of Union Occupation

White Rejection of Union Occupation

(p.149) Chapter 7 White Rejection of Union Occupation
Shifting Loyalties

Judkin Browning

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how, in postwar memoirs, soldiers could portray their tours affectionately, but in contemporary letters home, they mentioned some recalcitrant individuals and growing hostility to the occupation. By 1863, northern troops had completely changed their tune in regard to the locals. After nearly a year of occupation, one soldier complained: “I doubt very much the union feeling in North Carolina.” Another declared in March, “There is plenty of professed union men who will shote [sic] you out of the window if they get a chance.” Even Treasury agent John Hedrick, who believed he encountered much Unionism in 1862, asserted in August 1863: “The great loyalty, which is said to exist in some parts of this State, I think, exists in the minds of the news writers rather than in reality.”

Keywords:   postwar memoirs, recalcitrant individuals, northern troops, North Carolina, Unionism, John Hedrick

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