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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 Warrior as Peacemaker

The Warrior as Peacemaker

Sherman and the Bennett Place Negotiations

(p.7) Chapter One The Warrior as Peacemaker
Bluecoats and Tar Heels

Mark L. Bradley

University Press of Kentucky

North Carolina was the last state among the eleven states that made up the Confederacy to break away from the Union as it succumbed only after Fort Sumter fell and President Abraham Lincoln directed a seventy-five thousand troops attempt to suppress the rebellion. However, various forms of anti-Confederate opposition which included Unionism persisted in North Carolina. While the Confederate army was able to gather more than 120,000 men, Unionists continued to hide out in swamps and mountains that bordered Tennessee. “Buffaloes” and “tories” that resided in the east and in the west respectively, either resisted as guerillas or joined the various federal regiments. This chapter illustrates the contributions of Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman as well as how the negotiations at the Bennett farm were facilitated.

Keywords:   North Carolina, Confederacy, Union, opposition, buffaloes, tories, federal regiment, guerilla, Bennett farm, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman

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