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Reluctant Confederates

Upper South Unionists in the Secession Crisis

By Daniel W. Crofts

531 pp., 6.125 x 9.25

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4430-4
    Published: August 1993
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-1701-5
    Published: July 2014

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Daniel Crofts examines Unionists in three pivotal southern states--Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee--and shows why the outbreak of the war enabled the Confederacy to gain the allegiance of these essential, if ambivalent, governments.

"Crofts's study focuses on Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, but it includes analyses of the North and Deep South as well. As a result, his volume presents the views of all parties to the sectional conflict and offers a vivid portrait of the interaction between them."--American Historical Review

"Refocuses our attention on an important but surprisingly neglected group--the Unionists of the upper South during the secession crisis, who have been too readily ignored by other historians."--Journal of Southern History

About the Author

Daniel W. Crofts is professor of history at Trenton State College.
For more information about Daniel W. Crofts, visit the Author Page.

Reviews

"Crofts's study focuses on Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, but it includes analyses of the North and Deep South as well. As a result, his volume presents the views of all parties to the sectional conflict and offers a vivid portrait of the interaction between them."--American Historical Review

"Refocuses our attention on an important but surprisingly neglected group--the Unionists of the upper South during the secession crisis, who have been too readily ignored by other historians."--Journal of Southern History Daniel Crofts examines Unionists in three pivotal southern states--Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee--and shows why the outbreak of the war enabled the Confederacy to gain the allegiance of these essential, if ambivalent, governments.