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The Won Cause – Black and White Comradeship in the Grand Army of the Republic - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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The Won Cause: Black and White Comradeship in the Grand Army of the Republic

Barbara A. Gannon


In the years after the Civil War, black and white Union soldiers who survived the horrific struggle joined the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR)—the Union army's largest veterans' organization. This study chronicles black and white veterans' efforts to create and sustain the nation's first interracial organization. According to the conventional view, the freedoms and interests of African American veterans were not defended by white Union veterans after the war, despite the shared tradition of sacrifice among both black and white soldiers. This book, however, challenges this scholarship, arguing ... More

Keywords: Civil War, Union soldiers, Union army, veterans' organization, interracial organization, African American veterans, white Union veterans, racial mores, equality, comradeship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780807834527
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807877708_gannon


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara A. Gannon, author