Standing Firmly by the Flag: Nebraska Territory and the Civil War, 1861-1867

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U of Nebraska Press, Jan 1, 2013 - History - 448 pages
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From a pool of barely nine thousand men of military age, Nebraska?still a territory at the time?sent more than three thousand soldiers to the Civil War. They fought and died for the Union cause, were wounded, taken prisoner, and in some cases deserted. But Nebraska?s military contribution is only one part of the more complex and interesting story that James E. Potter tells in Standing Firmly by the Flag, the first book to fully explore Nebraska?s involvement in the Civil War and the war?s involvement in Nebraska?s evolution from territory to thirty-seventh state on March 1, 1867.

Although distant from the major battlefronts and seats of the warring governments, Nebraskans were aware of the war?s issues and subject to its consequences. National debates about the origins of the rebellion, the policies pursued to quell it, and what kind of nation should emerge once it was over echoed throughout Nebraska. Potter explores the war?s impact on Nebraskans and shows how, when Nebraska Territory sought admission to the Union at war?s end, it was caught up in political struggles over Reconstruction, the fate of the freed slaves, and the relationship between the states and the federal government.

 

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Contents

Nebraska Territory on the Eve of War
1
Civil War Is upon Us
15
Nobly Did the First Nebraska Sustain Its Reputation
45
Let Us Battle for The Constitution As It Is and The Union As It Was
77
You May Expect a General Indian Outbreak in All This Western Country
117
Peace Will Soon Again Bless the Land
167
A Change of Government Is Being Freely Discussed
225
Nebraska Has a Singularly Bright and Prosperous Future
265
The New State and the Old Soldiers
283
Notes
293
Bibliography
335
Index
347
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ųJames E. Potter is a senior research historian at the Nebraska State Historical Society. He is the coeditor, with Edith Robbins, of Marching with the First Nebraska: A Civil War Diary.

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