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A Republic in the Ranks: Loyalty and Dissent in the Army of the Potomac

Zachery A. Fry


The Union Army of the Potomac was a hotbed of political activity during the Civil War. It proved a source of constant frustration for Abraham Lincoln, and its commander, George B. McClellan, even secured the Democratic nomination for president in 1864. This book uses untapped sources to recast our understanding of soldier ideology and presents the most comprehensive view yet of the army’s political story. It recounts the struggle between Republicans and Democrats for political allegiance among the army’s rank and file, in the process showing that the army’s captains, majors, and colonels spurr ... More

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln, George McClellan, Union Army, politics, voting, loyalty, newspapers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469654454
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654454.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zachery A. Fry, author
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College