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An Uncertain Relationship

Mark L. Bradley

in Bluecoats and Tar Heels

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125077
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135120 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125077.003.0004
An Uncertain Relationship

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After the surrender at the Bennett farm, the role of the U.S. Army shifted from conqueror to peacekeeper. The white North Carolinians became hopeless and disoriented after the defeat and some commanders of the Union perceived the submission as signifing resignation to the new state of affairs. The federal soldiers made various efforts so that their former enemies would be placated. The Union occupation troops, as noted by Joseph E. Johnston, treated Tar Heel civilians “as they would have done those of Ohio or New York.” In spite of how several Confederate veterans exhibited favorable responses to the friendly endeavors of the bluecoats, several white Tar Heels were still expressing opposition. The conflict was compounded as the white North Carolinians did not want to stand for the presence of black occupation troops.

Keywords: North Carolina; U.S. Army; Joseph E. Johnston; Tar Heel civilians; bluecoats; whites; black occupation troops; Confederate veterans

Chapter.  9573 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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