The Confederate Dirty War : Arson, Bombings, Assassination and Plots for Chemical and Germ Attacks on the Union
By: Singer, Jane.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Jefferson : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2005Description: 1 online resource (185 p.).ISBN: 9781476611099.Subject(s): Arson -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Assassination--United States--History--19th century | Confederate States of America--Politics and government | Political violence -- Confederate States of America -- History | Political violence -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Political violence | Subversive activities -- Confederate States of America -- History | Subversive activities -- United States -- History -- 19th century | United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Underground movements | Weapons of mass destruction--United States--History--19th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Confederate Dirty War : Arson, Bombings, Assassination and Plots for Chemical and Germ Attacks on the UnionDDC classification: 973.73013 LOC classification: E487Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Cover; Acknowledgments; Table of Contents; Preface; One: The War in Context; Two: In the Absence of Rules; Three: "When you go to fight the devil…"; Four: Fire in the Night; Five: Out of Canada; Six: "Terror and Consternation"; Seven: Aimed at the President's House; Eight: "Again a part of the United States"; Appendix A: Coda; Appendix B: Arc of a Bomber: The Life and Death of William Stephen Deupree; Chapter Notes; Bibliography; Index
They echo modern headlines--a shadowy underground organization orchestrating plans to bring down the government; bands of saboteurs slipping in from Canada to attempt coordinated acts of destruction; plans to poison water supplies and spread deadly diseases among the urban populace--but these and similar incidents were part of a Confederate strategy to wreak "terror and consternation" upon the North during the Civil War. Elements within the Confederacy, acting officially or otherwise, developed--and attempted--numerous plans to inflict terror and death upon the Union populace and bring down the government using a variety of unconventional means. These efforts are an overlooked and important aspect of the Confederate strategy during the Civil War. This is a history of Confederate efforts to terrorize, demoralize and defeat the North by attacking civilians and the government, using means outside the bounds of conventional warfare. It covers arsonists, "destructionists," engineers of chemical and biological weapons, bands of mobile operatives, and a variety of other singular individuals and those who opposed them. Chapters cover prominent events in the campaign, from the efforts of the Sons of Liberty--an underground society allied against the Union and brought down by one heroic spy--to attempts to destroy the White House and "decapitate" the government. Illustrations, photographs and relative documents are included, as is an appendix following the career of Confederate bomber W.S. Duepree, killed while setting one of his own mines. Notes, a bibliography and an index are included.
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