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New Bedford's Civil War$
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Earl Mulderink, III

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823243341

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823243341.001.0001

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“Suppression of an Unholy Rebellion”: Wartime Mobilization on the Home Front

“Suppression of an Unholy Rebellion”: Wartime Mobilization on the Home Front

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(p.53) 3 “Suppression of an Unholy Rebellion”: Wartime Mobilization on the Home Front
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New Bedford's Civil War
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Earl F. Mulderink III

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823243341.003.0004

This chapter examines the start of the Civil War and mobilization on the home front, in which whites and blacks in New Bedford quickly prepared for war. Despite earnest offers from the city's African Americans, the war would begin with only white soldiers allowed to fight for their country. The chapter offers an account of wartime patriotism and mobilization by looking at military recruitment, Home and Coast Defense, operations of the Provost Marshal General's office, and the maintenance of civic pride. Local, state, and federal records help to document New Bedford's involvement in and contributions to the national struggle. The city's experiences highlight the effective mobilization of resources and cooperation among an array of local, state, and federal officials who created new policies and bureaucracies. Still, the war provoked anxieties about inadequate coastal protection, fears over attacks by Confederate raiders, and worries about racially motivated riots in July 1863, similar to those of New York's infamous Draft Riots.

Keywords:   Civil War, mobilization, New Bedford, African Americans, patriotism, military recruitment, civic pride, Coast Defense, Provost Marshal General, riots

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