Abstract

Abstract:

The militia is a central component of America’s military tradition based on the belief that the “citizen soldiery” could best defend the nation in times of crisis. Yet, by the mid-nineteenth century, the militia had largely fallen into disfavor and dis-array. Elmer E. Ellsworth, a self-styled military expert, thought he had a solution that would not only revive the institution but, in the process, reinvent himself as a respectable gentleman. In the end, larger societal and political forces overtook him, and he failed to anticipate the resistance he would face. As a result, Ellsworth’s example serves as a cautionary tale about how difficult it is to mold citizens into soldiers in the midst of frenzied martialism.

pdf

Additional Information

ISSN
2159-9807
Print ISSN
2154-4727
Pages
pp. 194-223
Launched on MUSE
2021-05-28
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.