Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. iii-iv

Contents, List of Illustrations

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pp. v-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xii

Because of the highly fragmentary nature of the relatively large and rapidly growing body of secondary literature relating to Louisiana’s Civil War experience, it is difficult for nonspecialists to obtain a comprehensive view of that topic. John D. Winters’s standard overview, The Civil War in Louisiana, though ...

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Introduction

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pp. xiii-xxv

July 4, 1863, was one of the most important Independence Days in American history. The Union army repulsed for good the Confederate invasion of the North at Gettysburg, secured the surrender of Vicksburg in the West, and took control of the Mississippi River. Northern soldiers rejoiced at winning such great ...

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1. 1863

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pp. 1-54

Moving from these movements and military activities to General Banks’s purely political and administrative acts, I shall now alert Your Excellency to publication of a general order relating to the president’s latest proclamation on the abolition of slavery in certain states or portions of states said to be in open ...

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2. 1864

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pp. 55-114

Mr. Minister, I have already had the honor of notifying Your Excellency of an order from General Banks relating to plantation labor, in which he announced that he would promulgate new regulations on this subject on February 1.1 These regulations have, in fact, become the subject of a new order, issued on the third, ...

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3. 1865

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pp. 115-165

General Hurlbut also issued two new orders about free labor on plantations. By the first, planters are required to pay immediately the wages due workers withdrawn from the said plantations in order to be subjected to [military] conscription, under penalty of a fine equal to the amount of the actual wages. The ...

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4. 1868

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pp. 167-188

I have the honor of transmitting to Your Excellency some newspaper clippings concerning Mexican affairs. Anarchy is now more than ever the order of the day there, and that unfortunate country, to which France had extended a helping hand, now seems to be atoning for the crime of Querétaro.1 Everywhere, revolt deploys its flag ...

Notes

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pp. 189-235

Index

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pp. 237-243