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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 conclusion of the Union military occupation and wartime reconstruction in the region. He discusses the death of the Confederate armies and how the Union soldiers in the region react to the end of the war. Rumley writes about the transition from military rule to civilian rule, with the last of the Union troops being removed in August 1865. Steeped in his own racism, he continues to rage against the privileges granted to freedmen, especially when USCT troops are placed as garrison troops in Beaufort. Rumley discusses the many “abuses” that he feels local white civilians are subjected to at the hands of their oppressive occupiers.

Keywords:   military occupation, reconstruction, freedmen, racism, Unionism, USCT

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