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Rally 'Round the Flag

Chicago and the Civil War

Theodore J. Karamanski

In this landmark narrative history of Chicago during the Civil War, Theodore J. Karamanski examines the people and events that formed this critical period in the city's history. Using diaries, letters, and newspapers that survived the Great Fire of 1871, he shows how Chicagoans' opinions evolved from a romantic and patriotic view of the war to recognition of the conflict's brutality. Located a safe distance behind the battle lines and accessible to the armies via rail and waterways, the city's economy grew feverishly while increasing population strained Chicago's social fabric.

From the great Republican convention of 1860 in the "Wigwam," to the dismal life of Confederate prisoners in Camp Douglas on the South Side of Chicago,
Rally 'Round the Flag paints a vivid picture of the Midwest city vigorously involved in the national conflict.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 328Size: 6 1/2 x 9
978-0-7425-5137-4 • Paperback • March 2006 • $34.00 • (£23.95)
978-1-4616-4174-2 • eBook • March 2006 • $32.99 • (£22.95)
Theodore J. Karamanski is professor of history at Loyola University of Chicago. He founded the Loyola Public History Program and presided the National Council on Public History. A lifelong resident of the Chicago area, Karamanski is the author of Fur Trade and Exploration, Deep Woods Frontier, Ethics and Public History, and numerous articles.
Chapter 1: The Irrespressible Candidate
Chapter 2: A House Divided
Chapter 3: The First Blood
Chapter 4: "God Bless the Sanitary Commission!"
Chapter 5: Camp Douglas
Chapter 6: "Wonder of the Nineteenth Century"
Chapter 7: "A Fire in the Rear"
Chapter 8: A City in Sable
Deeply researched and wide-ranging. . . . A welcome discussion of the central individuals and events in Civil War Chicago.
Journal of American History

Rally 'Round the Flag is an impressive, informative, and scholarly history of Chicago history following the years of the American Civil War. Karamanski draws from diaries, letters, and newspapers to reveal how Chicago's public opinions on the war evolved from a romantic and patriotic naiveté to a clarion recognition of the brutality of the conflict.
Midwest Book Review

A good read and a useful summary of events.
American Historical Review