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Secret Yankees: The Union Circle in Confederate Atlanta

Dyer, Thomas G.

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ISBN 10: 0801861160 / ISBN 13: 9780801861161
Published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, 1999
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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xiii, 398 p. Illustrations. Notes. Index. This is one of the War/Society/Culture series. This study of the precarious predicament of Unionists who lived in Confederate Atlanta, Georgia during the Civil War contributes to a little-studied aspect of that war and conveys, further, its horrors and the suffering it brought forth. Some of the material is based on a diary, reproduced in the book, of a pro-Union woman. An intriguing story of loyalty and patriotism, Secret Yankees brings to life the adventures of Atlanta Unionists during the Civil War, offering a perspective on the conflict that previous accounts have ignored. ('There were no Unionists in Gone with the Wind, ' Dyer points out. ) Dyer draws on previously unpublished sources--including a long-lost diary and a work of purported fiction based closely on the experience of Cyrena Stone, a Vermont native-to recreate the drama, deprivation, and suspicion that marked the experience of the Union in the closing, and increasingly desperate, years of the war. Arrested on suspicion of spying (the penalty was death) but released by Southern authorities, her house destroyed by Union shelling during the vividly rendered fall of Atlanta, Cyrena Stone survived the war to see the triumph of the cause for which she had risked her life. More than the story of heroic individuals, Secret Yankees provides an illuminating account of personal travail in the Civil War and a thought-provoking exploration of the nature and meaning of national loyalty in wartime. Bookseller Inventory # 58508

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Title: Secret Yankees: The Union Circle in ...

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: very good

Edition: First edition. First printing [stated].

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An intriguing story of loyalty and patriotism, Secret Yankees brings to life the adventures of Atlanta Unionists during the Civil War, offering a perspective on the conflict that previous accounts have ignored. ("There were no Unionists in Gone with the Wind," Dyer points out.) Dyer draws on previously unpublished sources--including a long-lost diary and a work of purported fiction based closely on the experience of Cyrena Stone, a Vermont native- to recreate the drama, deprivation, and suspicion that marked the experience of the Union in the closing, and increasingly desperate, years of the war. Arrested on suspicion of spying (the penalty was death) but released by Southern authorities, her house destroyed by Union shelling during the vividly rendered fall of Atlanta, Cyrena Stone survived the war to see the triumph of the cause for which she had risked her life.

More than the story of heroic individuals, Secret Yankees provides an illuminating account of personal travail in the Civil War and a thought-provoking exploration of the nature and meaning of national loyalty in wartime.

About the Author:

Thomas G. Dyer is the University Professor of Higher Education and History at the University of Georgia. His books include Theodore Roosevelt and the Idea of Race; "To Raise Myself a Little": The Diaries and Letters of Jennie, Georgia Teacher; and The University of Georgia: A Bicentennial History, 1785-1985.

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