05 March 2009

Northern Secessionists

Fellow WBTS blogger Robert Moore and others have recently focused on "Southern Unionists" - Southerners who were opposed to secession; which is an interesting topic. Jack Hinson was one of those Southerners, at least initially. But the CW blogosphere is "light" on the Southern Unionists' counterpart: Northern Secessionists.

I just received a copy of William Wright's The Secession Movement in the Middle Atlantic States and will be posting some thoughts on the subject and this book in the future. Though the work is dated, it appears, at first glance, to be a good source on the subject. States discussed are: Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York.


cenantua said...

Jack Hinson's story is an interesting one. I think he has about the most extreme case that I have heard regarding Southern Unionists who made it beyond secession (while still retaining their Unionists sentiment), only to lose it because of treatment (his sons) at the hands of Union soldiers.

I've run across a fair number of Unionists (who remained so beyond secession) who experienced rough times at the hands of both armies, but were still able to hold onto their sentiments through the end. It's interesting, but I've heard among Kentuckians that more people became "secessionists in spirit" only after the war.

All-in-all, this is one of the most interesting groups I have encountered in my research. They are impossible to define under one category, and challenging to define under a handful of categories, mostly due to the various situations they encountered individually.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Yes, Hinson's case is certainly extreme. I'm about 1/3 of the way through the book. The author spent way too much time with the background battles/skirmishes leading up to the event that triggered (no pun intended) Hinson's reaction. Though I know some background was necessary, it gets a little tedious at points. I've also noted a couple of factual errors, but overall its fairly interesting.

Thanks for the input.