Civil War Boston: Home Front and Battlefield

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University Press of New England, May 6, 2014 - History - 330 pages
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In this engaging volume, Thomas H. O'Connor examines the unique role that Boston and its inhabitants played in the Civil War and discusses the impact of the turbulent war years on the city's civilian population. His captivating narrative follows the experiences of four distinctive and significant groups of people who formed antebellum Boston—businessmen, Irish Catholic immigrants, African Americans, and women. Interweaving vivid portraits of the Boston community with major political and military events of the Civil War, O'Connor relates how the war forever changed lives, disrupted homes, altered work habits, reshaped political allegiances, and transformed ideas. Rich with colorful anecdotes about local figures, both renowned and long-forgotten, this is a fascinating account that will appeal to Civil War buffs, historians, and general readers alike.

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In this informative microcosmic study of a city during four crucial years, O'Connor (The Boston Irish, 1995) describes how the Civil War's battlefield upheavals were matched by quieter revolutions in ... Read full review


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No place in America was left unaffected by the Civil War. Although some distance from the fighting, Boston too felt the triumphs and the tragedies of the Union cause. With patriotic fervor, the city ... Read full review

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THOMAS H. O'CONNOR (1922–2012) was the unofficial dean of Boston historians and the author of numerous books.

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