Rebels and Redskins: US Military Conduct Toward White Southerners and Native Americans

Here’s Professor Mark Grimsley of the Ohio State University comparing US policy toward white southerners in the Civil War with US policy toward Native Americans after the Civil War. This is from the February 20, 2016 symposium on “The Road from Appomattox” held at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia.

The video’s description reads, “Professor Mark Grimsley compared the conduct of the U.S. military toward Southern civilians and Native Americans during the Civil War and Reconstruction. He argued that Union troops in the Civil War were ‘merciful’ toward white southerners, and while property was sometimes destroyed, civilian casualties were typically unintentional and few in number. By contrast, he said U.S. military attacks on Native Americans in the West frequently left entire villages destroyed with large numbers of women, children, and elderly among the dead. This was a part of the American Civil War Museum’s 2016 symposium ‘The Road from Appomattox: Political Violence, Military Conflict, and National Reunion,’ a day-long symposium held at the Library of Virginia in Richmond.”


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