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Bluecoats and Tar HeelsSoldiers and Civilians in Reconstruction North Carolina$
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Mark L Bradley

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125077

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125077.001.0001

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The Return of Civil Government

The Return of Civil Government

(p.71) Chapter Four The Return of Civil Government
Bluecoats and Tar Heels

Mark L. Bradley

University Press of Kentucky

After General Ruger gained command of the Department of North Carolina, he initiated the transfer of authority to the civil officers of the state. However, Governor Holden articulated several complaints regarding some black soldiers and how, military improperly interfered with various civil affairs, and how civil authority continued to persist in the Tar Heel State. In disagreement, Ruger emphasized the effectiveness of martial law and how he was capable of intervening in civil affairs to bring about his desired outcomes. As this chapter provides a brief background on Brig. Gen. Thomas H. Ruger, it is important to note that the differences between the two men had to be resolved before the civil government may be re-established in North Carolina. The chapter also illustrates the transition from a military to a civil government across the state.

Keywords:   General Ruger, Department of North Carolina, civil government, Tar Heel State, Governor Holden, black soldiers

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