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Civil War St. Louis (Modern War Studies)

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In the Civil War, rough-and-tumble St. Louis played a key role as a strategic staging ground for the Union army. A citadel of free labor in a slave state, it also harbored deeply divided loyalties that mirrored those of its troubled nation. Until now, however, the fascinating story of wartime St. Louis has remained largely unchronicled.

By the mid-nineteenth century, St. Louis had become the nation's greatest inland city, providing a "gateway to the West," a riverine crossroads for national commerce, and an ideal base for expansion-minded industrialists from the abolitionist Northeast. Yet as Louis Gerteis reveals, many of its citizens were staunchly dedicated to both slavery and the southern agrarian tradition. For them especially, federal martial law was an outrage, one that only served to nail the coffin shut on their loyalty to the Union.

Gerteis's rich and engaging narrative encompasses a wide range of episodes and events involving the lynching of freeman Francis McIntosh and murder of publisher Elijah Lovejoy, the infamous Dred Scott saga (which began in St. Louis), city politics and martial law, battles in and around the city (at Camp Jackson, Wilson's Creek, and Pea Ridge), major river campaigns, manufacture of ironclad combat ships, prison camps and hospitals, and efforts to secure civil rights for blacks while denying the same to former Confederates who would not swear loyalty to the Union.

Featuring famous figures like Thomas Hart Benton, John C. Fremont, Claiborne Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, and Sterling Price, Gerteis's study also sheds considerable light on the participation of women and the status of blacks throughout the conflict, offering gripping images of black and white Missourians contending with the issue of emancipation.

Ultimately, Gerteis offers a compelling portrait of a war-torn city—teeming with wounded soldiers, displaced civilians, runaway slaves, federal prisoners, and profiteers—that was forever changed by its wartime experiences, even as it anchored Union victory in the west.

Synopsis:

Chronicles the wartime history of St. Louis, focusing especially on how race, politics, ethnicity, civil-military relations, and national strategy shaped life in a city whose divided loyalties provides a microcosmic view of the nation's Civil War experience.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. "A Citizen of the United States"

2. "A High Wall and a Deep Ditch"

3. "The Union, Without an If"

4. "This Means War"

5. "A Passion for Seeming"

6. "A Friend of the Enemy"

7. "Curing Us of Our Selfishness"

8. "Terror . . . of Shot and Shell"

9. "Slavery Dies Hard"

10. "A Foundation of Loyalty"

Notes

Bibliographic Essay

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780700613618
Author:
Gerteis, Louis S.
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Midwest
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Modern War Studies
Publication Date:
20011131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
422
Dimensions:
8.96x6.00x1.24 in. 1.40 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Military » Civil War » General
History and Social Science » US History » 1800 to Civil War
History and Social Science » World History » General

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