The Army and Reconstruction, 1865-1877

The Army and Reconstruction, 1865-1877

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Within two months of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House on 9 April 1865, the Confederacy had collapsed, and its armed forces had ceased to exist. In the spring of 1865, the U.S. Army faced the unprecedented task of occupying eleven conquered Southern states and administering "Reconstruction"--the process by which the former rebellious states would be restored to the Union. But a rapid demobilization of the Army placed the remaining occupation troops at a disadvantage almost from the start.   This text traces the Army's law enforcement, stability, and peacekeeping roles in the South from May 1865 to the end of Reconstruction in 1877, marking a unique period in American history. During that time, the Southern states remained under military occupation, and for several years, they were also ruled by military government. Veteran Army commanders such as Philip H. Sheridan, John M. Schofield, Daniel E. Sickles, Edward R. S. Canby, and Winfield S. Hancock may have found the work of Reconstruction less dangerous than fighting the Civil War had been, but they also found it no less challenging.

High school studetns and above, including community college students and history professors or military historians may find this resource helpful for supplemental reading or research about the American Civil War.  American citizens, military personnel, and others that may be interested in Civil War materials for their personal collections may be interested in this work.  Additionally, high school libraries, academic libraries, public libraries, and Fereal/State/Municipal Government libraries may want a copy of this volume and series for their historical collections.   
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Center of Military History, United States Army, 2015
ISBN: 9780160928727
Branch Call Number: Gov Doc
Characteristics: 75 pages : illustrations, color maps ; 22 cm


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