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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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Fighting Terrorism

Fighting Terrorism

The Army and the Klan

(p.216) (p.217) Chapter Nine Fighting Terrorism
Bluecoats and Tar Heels

Mark L. Bradley

University Press of Kentucky

Ku Klux Klan terror reached its peak in North Carolina during the period between 1870 and 1871. The army did not participate as it believed that the civil authorities were adequate enough to handle the situation. The president as well as the Congress decided to intervene only after two Republican leaders were assassinated, the incidence of several other Klan-related events, the triumph of the Conservatives in 1870, and Governor Holden's impeachment. The army aided those who enforced the federal law in arresting moonshiners and several Klansmen. However, these efforts fell short as the Lowry band was not arrested. As such, the Republican resurgence was facilitated by how the bluecoats attempt to maintain order during the election.

Keywords:   terrorism, North Carolina, Ku Klux Klan, Republicans, election, army

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