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Contested LoyaltyDebates over Patriotism in the Civil War North$
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Robert M. Sandow

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823279753

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823279753.001.0001

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“We Are Setting the Terms Now”

“We Are Setting the Terms Now”

Loyalty Rhetoric in Courtship

(p.107) “We Are Setting the Terms Now”
Contested Loyalty

Julie A. Mujic

Fordham University Press

In this essay, Julie A. Mujicuses the private letters of two young lovers to examine the interplay between national and personal loyalties during the war. Married in 1865, the courting couple Gideon Winan Allen and Annie Cox spent much of the war separated from each other while Allen pursued a law degree. Remarkably, their correspondence frequently touched on issues of the war’s politics and offers a window onto the intersection of personal and political spheres. Though seemingly incompatible,Cox and Allenmade great efforts to preserve their relationship despite their disagreements. Allen was an ardent Peace Democrat, outspoken on campus for his Copperhead activism, while Cox was a devout Republican of abolitionist outlook, frequently critical of his words and behaviour. Amid the romantic exchanges, we find sometimes intense arguments over weighty issues, including the legitimacy of the war, the justice of the draft, and the necessity of emancipation. Mujic argues that their diametrically opposed political views ultimately stressed but did not break their bonds of affection and that personal loyalties ultimately outweighed opposing political ideologies.

Keywords:   College-educated men, Copperheads, Courtship, Midwest, Politics

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