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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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Military Reconstruction under Canby

Military Reconstruction under Canby

(p.158) (p.159) Chapter Seven Military Reconstruction under Canby
Bluecoats and Tar Heels

Mark L. Bradley

University Press of Kentucky

In contrast to General Sickles, Brig. Gen. Edward Richard Sprigg Canby spent twenty-eight of his forty-nine years serving the army as a professional soldier. He graduated from West Point and was a veteran of the Mexican War, the Second Seminole, and of the Mormon Expedition. He became colonel of the 19th U.S. Infantry in 1861 and later was given command of the Department of New Mexico. A year after his appointment, Canby was able to obstruct one of the Confederate Army of New Mexico's attempts to invade California which was directed by Brig. Gen. Henry H. Sibley. He was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers after he was transferred to Washington, D.C. This chapter draws attention to how Canby initiated military reconstruction when he assumed command of the Second Military District on September 5, 1867.

Keywords:   Brig. Gen. Edward Richard Sprigg Canby, Second Military District, military reconstruction, professional soldier

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