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A Visitation of God: Northern Civilians Interpret the Civil War

Sean A. Scott


This book examines how numerous northern civilians understood the Civil War as a contest permeated with religious significance. From the war's outset, many religious Northerners asserted that God was directing the conflict to chasten his chosen nation and bring about the destruction of slavery. Convinced that the Union was sacred and had to be preserved so that America could fulfill its God‐ordained purpose in world history, many ministers and laypersons wholeheartedly supported the northern war effort and broadcast their political views at church. Overflowing with Christian patriotism, indivi ... More

Keywords: Civil War, church, Christianity, politics, northern home front, personal narratives, civilians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195395990
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395990.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sean A. Scott, author
The Papers of Abraham Lincoln