America's Civil War


How the Union Army transformed from an institution whose primary purpose at the beginning of the Civil War was to restore “the Union as it was” to eventually being a critical player in a “new birth of freedom” brought about by the destruction of slavery is one of the most important stories of the entire war. Kristopher A. Teters’ Practical Liberators examines the roles members of the Union officer corps in the Western Theater played in that transformation and the complicated range of perspectives they carried both to the war and away from it.

Teters argues persuasively that the primary factor shaping how these Western officers, from lieutenants to generals, approached slavery and how they responded to the second- and third-order effects of military emancipation was the extent to which it could help crush the Southern rebellion. That doesn’t mean these officers didn’t have humanitarian and ideological concerns, but those concerns were of lesser importance during the course of the war. This, Teters writes, does much to explain the ease with which so many Northerners were willing after the war to abandon efforts to truly REVIEWS

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