Union Jacks: Yankee Sailors in the Civil War

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 2004 - History - 337 pages
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Historians have given a great deal of attention to the lives and experiences of Civil War soldiers, but surprisingly little is known about navy sailors who participated in the conflict. Michael J. Bennett remedies the longstanding neglect of Civil War sea
 

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This is a fine examination of the Union sailor of the Civil War in all his recalcitrant glory, as the author tries to get beyond the stereotypes to get a handle on collective motivation. What Bennett ... Read full review

Contents

Dissenters from the American Mood Why Men Joined the United States Navy during the Civil War
1
Any Man Can Become a Soldier The Making of Union Sailors
28
Ships of Fools The Sailors Experience on the Union Blockade
54
The Devils Own Purgatory The Experience of Gunboatmen in the Mississippi Squadron
77
All Hands Drunk and Rioting The Maritime Culture of Union Sailors
99
Saving Jack Religion Union Sailors and the United States Christian Commission
126
Frictions Shipboard Relations between White and Contraband Union Sailors
155
My Youthfull Emagination of Hell The Face of Battle for Union Sailors
182
Epilogue
209
Notes
211
Selected Bibliography
307
Index
327
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Michael J. Bennett is an attorney and independent scholar living in University Heights, Ohio.

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