The Limits of Patriotism: Early Mobilization in the Mountains

Robert M. Sandow

in Deserter Country

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230518
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240845 | DOI:

Series: The North's Civil War

The Limits of Patriotism: Early Mobilization in the Mountains

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In July 1862, during the second summer of the war, a lone recruiting officer made his way to the scattered settlements of northern Jefferson County in search of fresh soldiers. The situation was a marked contrast to the previous year, when recruiting had been brisk. Standard narratives of the war's opening months emphasize an intense outburst of patriotism. These portrayals are based on contemporary accounts and the selective memory of local commemorations. After the attack on Fort Sumter, voices of doubt were lost in the reporting of exuberant public celebration. The War Department requested volunteers to serve arduous three-year terms. The period of sacrifice lengthened considerably. It is impossible to estimate the amount of discouraging mail from home or its effectiveness.

Keywords: war; soldiers; Jefferson County; Fort Sumter; patriotism; volunteers; sacrifice

Chapter.  7738 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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