9780807121351

Maryland's Blue and Gray : A Border State's Union and Confederate Junior Officer Corps

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  • ISBN13:

    9780807121351

  • ISBN10:

    0807121355

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1997-08-01
  • Publisher: Louisiana State Univ Pr

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Maryland's Blue and Gray is a collective biography focusing on the 365 men from Maryland who served as captains and lieutenants in the Virginia theater of operations, specifically with the Army of the Potomac's Maryland Brigade and the Army of Northern Virginia's Maryland Line. These soldiers provide a rare opportunity to investigate the backgrounds, military careers, and wartime experiences of a specific group who fought on both sides of the nation's bloodiest and most contentious war. Ruffner examines the effects of the conflict on the officer corps in terms of promotions, morale, and discipline, and on their relationships with the home front, subordinates, and commanders. Ruffner offers insight into the cultural affinities between the Union and Confederate Marylanders as well as into the nature of the divisiveness that resulted in deadly combat. A groundbreaking study, Maryland's Blue and Gray utilizes both military and social history to plumb the motivations, ambitions, and experiences of men from a single state that, like the country at large, was torn asunder.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi(4)
Abbreviations Used in Notes xv
INTRODUCTION: A COLLECTIVE BIOGRAPHY OF MARYLAND'S JUNIOR CIVIL WAR OFFICERS 1(13)
1 AN AGE OF UNCERTAINTY
14(20)
2 MARYLAND OCCUPIED
34(22)
3 RALLY AROUND THE FLAG
56(20)
4 RUNNING THE BLOCKADE
76(16)
5 MARYLAND'S HIGH TIDE
92(28)
6 THE SHATTERED VISION
120(59)
7 DEATH THROES OF THE MARYLAND LINE
179(33)
8 UNCERTAIN YANKEES
212(22)
9 THE MARYLAND BRIGADE'S DESPAIR
234(26)
10 MARYLAND REDEEMED
260(20)
CONCLUSION 280(11)
Appendix: Roster of Union and Confederate Junior Officers 291(98)
Bibliography 389(26)
Index 415

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