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The Southern Mind Under Union RuleThe Diary of James Rumley, Beaufort, North Carolina, 1862-1865$
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Judkin Browning

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813037288

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813037288.001.0001

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The Southern Mind Under Union Rule

Judkin Browning

University Press of Florida

Rumley describes the continuation of the Union military-occupation policy in the region. He discusses the various Confederate military campaigns to try to retake the region, which mostly failed. Rumley discusses the arrival of deserters in the region and the enlistment of local whites into the Union army, referred to as “buffaloes,” further muddling our understanding of Unionism. Steeped in his own racism, he continues to rage against the privileges granted to freedmen. Rumley discusses the many “abuses” that he feels local white civilians are subjected to at the hands of their oppressive occupiers. He also relates various captures of blockade runners and the confiscation of civilian properties.

Keywords:   military occupation, reconstruction, emancipation, freedmen, racism, Unionism, USCT, confiscation, buffaloes

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