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Everyday Resistance in Pennsylvania's Deserter Country

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823230518.003.0006

Series: The North's Civil War

Everyday Resistance in Pennsylvania's Deserter Country

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Supporters of the war testified repeatedly that their property had been threatened with destruction to keep them quiet. While it cannot be proven conclusively, there are intriguing clues that this was attempted in several cases. The marshal of the Nineteenth District considered the use of federal intervention to be “the unanimous sentiment of the loyal inhabitants of this County.” Colonel Hugh S. Campbell could not induce citizens to help arrest deserters and he could not accomplish his objective with so few deputies and detectives. If the “reign of terror” were to end, it would have to be accomplished by the use of military force.

Keywords: resistance; federal intervention; Colonel Hugh S. Campbell; reign of terror; military force; Pennsylvania; deserters

Chapter.  8472 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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