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Mutiny at Fort Jackson : the untold story of the fall of New Orleans / Michael D. Pierson.

By: Pierson, Michael D.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Civil War America: Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2008Description: xiii, 250 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780807832288 (cloth : alk. paper); 0807832286 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): Fort Jackson (La.) -- History | New Orleans (La.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 | Mutiny -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History -- 19th century | Soldiers -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Social conditions -- 19th century | Unionists (United States Civil War) -- Louisiana -- New Orleans | Confederate States of America. Army -- History | New Orleans (La.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Participation, German American | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Participation, Irish AmericanDDC classification: 973.7/31
Contents:
Introduction: Massacre on the Levee -- Fort Jackson and the Defense of New Orleans -- Confederate New Orleans, February 1861 to May 1862 -- Cannoneers, Regulars, and Jagers: Inside Fort Jackson before the Mutiny -- The Mutiny at Fort Jackson and the Collapse of Confederate Authority -- The many fates of the Fort Jackson Garrison -- Benjamin F. Butler and Unionist New Orleans -- Epilogue: Why the Mutiny at Fort Jackson Matters.
Review: "New Orleans was the largest city - and one of the richest - in the Confederacy, protected in part by Fort Jackson, which was just sixty-five miles down the Mississippi River. On April 27, 1862, Confederate soldiers at Fort Jackson rose up in mutiny against their commanding officers. New Orleans fell to Union forces soon thereafter. Although the Fort Jackson mutiny marked a critical turning point in the Union's campaign to regain control of this vital Confederate financial and industrial center, it has received surprisingly little attention from historians. Michael Pierson examines newly uncovered archival sources to determine why the soldiers rebelled at such a decisive moment.".Summary: "The mutineers were soldiers primarily recruited from New Orleans's large German and Irish immigrant populations. Pierson shows that the new nation had done nothing to encourage poor white men to feel they had a place of honor in the southern republic. He argues that the mutineers actively sought to help the Union cause. In a major reassessment of the Union administration of New Orleans that followed, Pierson demonstrates that Benjamin "Beast" Butler enjoyed the support of many white Unionists in the city.".Summary: "Pierson adds an urban working-class element to debates over the effects of white Unionists in Confederate states. With the personal stories of soldiers appearing throughout, Mutiny at Fort Jackson presents the Civil War from a new perspective, revealing the complexities of New Orleans society and the Confederate experience."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [233]-246) and index.

Introduction: Massacre on the Levee -- Fort Jackson and the Defense of New Orleans -- Confederate New Orleans, February 1861 to May 1862 -- Cannoneers, Regulars, and Jagers: Inside Fort Jackson before the Mutiny -- The Mutiny at Fort Jackson and the Collapse of Confederate Authority -- The many fates of the Fort Jackson Garrison -- Benjamin F. Butler and Unionist New Orleans -- Epilogue: Why the Mutiny at Fort Jackson Matters.

"New Orleans was the largest city - and one of the richest - in the Confederacy, protected in part by Fort Jackson, which was just sixty-five miles down the Mississippi River. On April 27, 1862, Confederate soldiers at Fort Jackson rose up in mutiny against their commanding officers. New Orleans fell to Union forces soon thereafter. Although the Fort Jackson mutiny marked a critical turning point in the Union's campaign to regain control of this vital Confederate financial and industrial center, it has received surprisingly little attention from historians. Michael Pierson examines newly uncovered archival sources to determine why the soldiers rebelled at such a decisive moment.".

"The mutineers were soldiers primarily recruited from New Orleans's large German and Irish immigrant populations. Pierson shows that the new nation had done nothing to encourage poor white men to feel they had a place of honor in the southern republic. He argues that the mutineers actively sought to help the Union cause. In a major reassessment of the Union administration of New Orleans that followed, Pierson demonstrates that Benjamin "Beast" Butler enjoyed the support of many white Unionists in the city.".

"Pierson adds an urban working-class element to debates over the effects of white Unionists in Confederate states. With the personal stories of soldiers appearing throughout, Mutiny at Fort Jackson presents the Civil War from a new perspective, revealing the complexities of New Orleans society and the Confederate experience."--BOOK JACKET.

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The capture of New Orleans by Union naval and land forces in April 1862 has long been recognized as a major victory for federal forces in the American Civil War. Less well known, though, is the story of the mutiny, under fire, of about 300 Confederate soldiers in one of the forts defending the city. Pierson (Univ. of Massachusetts, Lowell), author of another book on the 19th-century US (Free Hearts and Free Homes: Gender and American Antislavery Politics, 2003), provides a well-written, thoroughly researched, and clearly organized account of the mutiny and the soldiers involved in the affair. Pierson holds that the German- and Irish-born soldiers in the fort had little commitment to the Confederacy and that the Confederate military had done little to welcome these immigrants into the Southern armed forces. He contends that the foreign-born mutineers point to an important element of Southern white Unionism: recent immigrants. The author also emphasizes the presence of numerous Unionists within the city and their willingness to cooperate with the military commander of New Orleans, General Benjamin F. Butler. Summing Up: Recommended. Most levels/libraries. R. G. Lowe University of North Texas

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