Union Officers in the Western Theater during the Civil War
Kristopher A. Teters
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Subject: History, Social Science | University of North Carolina
Print ISBN: 9781469638867
eBook ISBN: 9781469638874
Through extensive research in the letters and diaries of western Union officers, Teters demonstrates how practical considerations drove both the attitudes and policies of Union officers regarding emancipation. Officers primarily embraced emancipation and the use of black soldiers because they believed both policies would help them win the war and save the Union, but their views on race actually changed very little. In the end, however, despite its practical bent, Teters argues, the Union army was instrumental in bringing freedom to the slaves.