To get us into the Aloha Spirit, here’s some IZ:
You pick the topic today. What should we talk about?
Very pretty song.
As you know, a lot of guys in southern states formed regiments to fight for the Union. The first time I read about that, I was surprised by how many regiments came north from some southern states. That belies the claim of some that the CBF is the traditional symbol of a united south, but I don’t want to go there right now.
We know how things went for George Thomas and his family, but what of all those guys? Regiments were usually raised locally, so I imagine pretty large groups from any one particular area joined up. I haven’t read much about what post-war life was like for them. And since you’ve read everything…. 😉
I imagine it was different for soldiers in regiments raised in areas where Union sentiment was higher (East TN?). And I know there isn’t just one easy answer to that, but I’d still like to see your views.
Regiments were raised locally provided they were fighting for the entity within which their state was located. So CSA regiments were raised locally in CSA states. Unionists in CSA states had to make their way to Union states in order to enlist, so they wouldn’t have been raised locally.
Two books that could be useful are William Freehling’s The South vs. The South and Richard N. Current’s Lincoln’s Loyalists. There are others as well, but those are the two I thought of off the top of my head as I’m heading out the door, Bert. 🙂
Thanks, Al, I’m glad I asked. My county library has both those books, and I’ve placed a request for them. They look great and on target to answer my question as well as a bunch of questions about this topic I didn’t know I had yet.
BTW, I’m changing my email alias because mail dot com is retiring the mad scientist domain I’ve been enjoying for the last 15 years. Darn, I loved the irony in that address. 🙂
I always thought that email address was awesome, Bert. Sorry to see it go.
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