Ohio's War The Civil War in Documents

ISBN-10: 0821416839

ISBN-13: 9780821416839

Edition: 2006

Authors: Christine Dee

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In 1860, Ohio was among the most influential states in the nation. As the third-most-populous state and the largest in the middle west, it embraced those elements that were in concert--but also at odds--in American society during the Civil War era. Ohio's War uses documents from that vibrant and tumultuous time to reveal how Ohio's soldiers and civilians experienced the Civil War. It examines Ohio's role in the sectional crises of the 1850s, its contribution to the Union war effort, and the war's impact on the state itself. In doing so, it provides insights into the war's meaning for northern society. Ohio's War introduces some of those soldiers who left their farms, shops, and forges to fight for the Union. It documents the stories of Ohio's women, who sustained households, organized relief efforts, and supported political candidates. It conveys the struggles and successes of free blacks and former slaves who claimed freedom in Ohio and the distinct wartime experiences of its immigrants. It also includes the voices of Ohioans who differed over emancipation, freedom of speech, the writ of habeas corpus, the draft, and the war's legacy for American society. From Ohio's large cities to its farms and hamlets, as the documents in this volume show, the war changed minds and altered lives but left some beliefs and values untouched. Ohio's War is a documentary history not only of the people of one state, but also of a region and a nation during the pivotal epoch of American history.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 1/9/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.132

List of Illustrations
Series Editors' Preface
Ohio at the Center of the Nation
Abigail House Favors Free Soil in the Western Reserve
An Ohio Democrat Opposes the Kansas-Nebraska Act
John P. Parker Recalls His Work on the Underground Railroad
The Kidnap and Return of Oliver Anderson
Charles H. Langston Addresses the Court in the Oberlin-Wellington Rescue Case
A Fugitive Case in Zanesville
Ohio Responds to John Brown's Raid
Salmon P. Chase: "The people desire Union and Concord"
The Election of 1860 and the Secession Crisis
Do the North and South Understand Each Other?
William Dennison's Inaugural Speech
Republicans Appeal to Iron Workers
Freedom of Lands to Actual Settlers
The Union-What Is It Worth?
Republicans Care Very Little about Slavery
The Brave Cheese-Mongers
Cleveland Welcomes Abraham Lincoln
Rutherford B. Hayes: "We shall of course not agree about the War"
A Belmont County Family Wants Peace
"I am going"
Taking Up and Giving Up a Short War
Troops in Columbus Are Not in "Apple-Pie Order"
A Cincinnati Woman Records the First Months of War
"Oh how hard it was to let him go"
The Farming Interest
Marietta's Working Class Organizes
Ohio Learns of Bull Run
"What is to be done with the helpless blacks?"
Governor Dennison Appeals for Aid for Ohio Soldiers
Dr. John B. Rice Defends the Honor of His Regiment at Shiloh
The Monarch Aids the Shiloh Wounded
A Report on the Ladies of Amesville
Debates over Liberty and Loyalty
More Than a Matter of Property
The Toledo Riot
The "Conscious Impotence" of Emancipation
"A few days more and the game will be up"
William Nelson Recalls Freedom in Ohio
Elizabeth Gray Reports on the Siege of Cincinnati
An Ohio Soldier Hunts Rebels in Kentucky
"The persons and property of the citizens are sacred"
"We have now...a divided north"
Lines of Battle: Soldiers and Their Communities
The Taylors' Battles Are Close to Home
Park Johnson Operates with the Eighteenth Ohio Infantry
"An inheritance to my beloved children"
Darwin D. Cody Fights at Chancellorsville
George Benson Fox and the "Seventy-fives" at Gettysburg
A Father and Son Go to War
"To secure justice to the colored soldiers"
The Costs of War
"The experiment has failed"
A Timely Word to Farmers
Welsh Immigrants Believe the Country Will Never Be the Same
The Trials of Vallandigham
A Citizen Recounts Morgan's Raid
"All can't go, all won't go and all don't want to go"
William A. Johnston Seeks Deserters in Coshocton
A Word to Laboring Men
The Forty-fifth Ohio Infantry Supports John Brough
A "Monstrous Outrage" in New Lisbon
"Shameful Conduct" of Women in Portsmouth
Sarah Rice Engages in Politics in Fremont
John Chase's Father Has Turned His Enemy
"I am just as I always was"
Prisoner Shootings at Camp Chase
The Battles of 1864
A Soldier in the Fifth U.S. Colored Regiment Predicts a Brighter Day
"The negro question is only just opening upon us"
An Ohio Soldier in the Fifty-fifth Massachusetts Fights for Liberty
A Prognosis for Farmers
The Resolutions of Working Men in Cincinnati
Governor Brough Investigates Recruiting in Ohio
Chauncey Welton Explains "The eavel attending a chainge"
Republican Women in Salt Creek Take Action
"The 'public' is simply crazy"
Democrats Question the "Good Times" of the Lincoln Administration
Alvin C. Voris Believes the North Is Awakening
A Mother and Son Write of War
The Imprint of War
"Fourth of Julys, every one"
Benjamin Rees Advises Prospective Immigrants to Stay Home
Aplin Martin Comes Home
The Oberlin Committee Presses J. D. Cox on Black Suffrage
Benjamin Wade Speaks Out on Labor and Capital
Thomas Smith Dedicates the Soldiers' Monument in Washington County
Discussion Questions
Selected Bibliography
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