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The Loyal West: Civil War and Reunion in Middle America

Matthew E. Stanley


The Loyal West: Civil War and Reunion in Middle America examines identity and memory among Union soldiers and veterans in the Lower Middle West, a previously overlooked region. I use the phrase “Loyal West” as shorthand for both the physical region, the dominant identity of its inhabitants, and the multitude of ways in which residents from the lower free states (southern Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois) came to reject antebellum conceptions of westernness and grew to imagine themselves as distinct from both Confederates and their African American and “Yankee” allies. The basic elements of the Loya ... More

Keywords: Civil War, Reconstruction, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, African Americans, region, memory, racism, society, war, politics, veterans

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040733
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040733.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew E. Stanley, author
Albany State University