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Yankee PlagueEscaped Union Prisoners and the Collapse of the Confederacy$
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Lorien Foote

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469630557

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630557.001.0001

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They Cover the Land like the Locusts of Egypt

They Cover the Land like the Locusts of Egypt

The Collapse of the State

(p.41) 3 They Cover the Land like the Locusts of Egypt
Yankee Plague

Lorien Foote

University of North Carolina Press

When the Confederate and state government in South Carolina proved unable to respond to the threatening alliance between escaped Union prisoners, slaves, and deserters, citizens of the state took over the functions of security in their neighborhoods and withdrew from state-sponsored efforts to recruit men for the Confederate reserves and the state militia to defend the state against the threatened invasion of Union armies under Sherman. The government of South Carolina ceased to function in significant portions of the state during the last three months of 1864. This is an important reason for the utter lack of resistance to Sherman’s invasion of the state.

Keywords:   Confederate deserters, Confederate reserves, Sherman’s campaign in South Carolina, South Carolina militia, State collapse, Security, Escaped prisoners

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