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In the spring of 1862, Union forces marched into neighboring Carteret and Craven Counties in southeastern North Carolina, marking the beginning of an occupation that would continue for the rest of the war. Focusing on a wartime community with divided allegiances, Judkin Browning offers new insights into the effects of war on southerners and the nature of civil-military rel In the spring of 1862, Union forces marched into neighboring Carteret and Craven Counties in southeastern North Carolina, marking the beginning of an occupation that would continue for the rest of the war. Focusing on a wartime community with divided allegiances, Judkin Browning offers new insights into the effects of war on southerners and the nature of civil-military relations under long-term occupation, especially coastal residents' negotiations with their occupiers and each other as they forged new social, cultural, and political identities. Unlike citizens in the core areas of the Confederacy, many white residents in eastern North Carolina had a strong streak of prewar Unionism and appeared to welcome the Union soldiers when they first arrived. By 1865, however, many of these residents would alter their allegiance, developing a strong sense of southern nationalism. African Americans in the region, on the other hand, utilized the presence of Union soldiers to empower themselves, as they gained their freedom in the face of white hostility. Browning's study ultimately tells the story of Americans trying to define their roles, with varying degrees of success and failure, in a reconfigured country.


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In the spring of 1862, Union forces marched into neighboring Carteret and Craven Counties in southeastern North Carolina, marking the beginning of an occupation that would continue for the rest of the war. Focusing on a wartime community with divided allegiances, Judkin Browning offers new insights into the effects of war on southerners and the nature of civil-military rel In the spring of 1862, Union forces marched into neighboring Carteret and Craven Counties in southeastern North Carolina, marking the beginning of an occupation that would continue for the rest of the war. Focusing on a wartime community with divided allegiances, Judkin Browning offers new insights into the effects of war on southerners and the nature of civil-military relations under long-term occupation, especially coastal residents' negotiations with their occupiers and each other as they forged new social, cultural, and political identities. Unlike citizens in the core areas of the Confederacy, many white residents in eastern North Carolina had a strong streak of prewar Unionism and appeared to welcome the Union soldiers when they first arrived. By 1865, however, many of these residents would alter their allegiance, developing a strong sense of southern nationalism. African Americans in the region, on the other hand, utilized the presence of Union soldiers to empower themselves, as they gained their freedom in the face of white hostility. Browning's study ultimately tells the story of Americans trying to define their roles, with varying degrees of success and failure, in a reconfigured country.

25 review for Shifting Loyalties: The Union Occupation of Eastern North Carolina

  1. 4 out of 5

    James Crabtree

    Although a bit dry at times, Shifting Loyalties does a good job of telling the story of occupied North Carolina, the coastal region which fell to Union invasion in 1862 and included the towns of New Bern and Beaufort. The relationships between the Yankees, the unionist Carolinians and rebel sympathizers (to say nothing of the African-American population) are discussed at length, exploring Union demoralization, rebel terrorism, trade and attitudes towards the war. A very good look at this forgott Although a bit dry at times, Shifting Loyalties does a good job of telling the story of occupied North Carolina, the coastal region which fell to Union invasion in 1862 and included the towns of New Bern and Beaufort. The relationships between the Yankees, the unionist Carolinians and rebel sympathizers (to say nothing of the African-American population) are discussed at length, exploring Union demoralization, rebel terrorism, trade and attitudes towards the war. A very good look at this forgotten theater of the Civil War. Illustrated with photos and some graphics.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Graham

    A very interesting and thought-provoking look at a neglected corner of the Civil War. The discussion of the black reaction to occupation provided a better look at that subject than I've really ever seen before. The book also established a firm foundation for the post-war failure of Reconstruction in the area.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Victor

    Browning discusses the effects of Union Occupation in Eastern NC (mainly Craven and Carteret Counties), especially how it affected the various populations: African-Americans, Northern Benevolent Societies, Soldiers, and Local Citizens.

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