Chapter

“Christian Patriotism” in Flush

Sean A. Scott

in A Visitation of God

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395990
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866557 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395990.003.0005
“Christian Patriotism” in Flush

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After the war's second summer, the northern home front showed signs of unrest. Draft resistance, highly divisive state elections, and fears of Copperhead uprisings demonstrated the strength of antiwar dissent. The churches viewed all such opposition as traitorous and took every opportunity to alienate members who criticized the Lincoln administration. While pacifist groups such as Quakers and Mennonites objected to the war on religious grounds, the mainstream Protestant denominations continued their vocal support of the military contest in sermons delivered on fast days as well as regular Sunday services. After the key victories of Gettysburg and Vicksburg in the summer of 1863, the nation thanked God for his assistance and blessings. On several occasions, Abraham Lincoln authored documents with far greater theological profundity than the scores of addresses delivered by northern ministers. By the conclusion of the war's second year, a religious interpretation of the conflict flourished.

Keywords: conscription; Copperheads; Knights of the Golden Circle; pacifism; fast day sermons; Thanksgiving Day sermons; Abraham Lincoln; John Hunt Morgan

Chapter.  19181 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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