Gathering to Save a Nation: Lincoln and the Union's War Governors

Gathering to Save a Nation: Lincoln and the Union's War Governors

by Stephen D. Engle


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In this rich study of Union governors and their role in the Civil War, Stephen D. Engle examines how these politicians were pivotal in securing victory. In a time of limited federal authority, governors were an essential part of the machine that maintained the Union while it mobilized and sustained the war effort. Charged with the difficult task of raising soldiers from their home states, these governors had to also rally political, economic, and popular support for the conflict, at times against a backdrop of significant local opposition.

Engle argues that the relationship between these loyal-state leaders and Lincoln's administration was far more collaborative than previously thought. While providing detailed and engaging portraits of these men, their state-level actions, and their collective cooperation, Engle brings into new focus the era's complex political history and shows how the Civil War tested and transformed the relationship between state and federal governments.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469629339
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 10/24/2016
Series: Civil War America
Pages: 736
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.10(d)

About the Author

Stephen D. Engle is professor of history at Florida Atlantic University and director of the Alan B. and Charna Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency.

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Without the proactive role of Union governors in the Civil War, the Lincoln administration could not have mobilized the men and resources to win the war. Stephen D. Engle's detailed accounting of their tireless activities offers new information and insights, especially with respect to the governors of border slave states, who navigated between the dangerous shoals of loyalty and disloyalty.'—James M. McPherson, author of War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865

In this expansive history of an understudied facet of the Civil War, Stephen D. Engle offers the first extended examination in more than half a century of Abraham Lincoln's relationship with the Union's loyal state governors. A substantial contribution to Civil War scholarship by a major scholar.—Gary W. Gallagher, author of Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War

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