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WELCOME TO THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF THE CIVIL WAR ERA AT KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY

AFTER THE SCOURGE OF WAR

The dawn of a new year in 1866 represented the first without formal hostilities since 1862. Yet, the mark of conflict remained throughout the American South and the impact on the lives of those who had worn blue and gray and the loved ones who had waited at home for them to return continued to be significant. If the states of the former Confederacy were to resume their status in the Union as Abraham Lincoln had once envisioned, the effort to make that transition possible and the nature of any restoration or reconstruction was hardly clear. As always, events seemed to take on a momentum that few, if any, could control or predict. President Andrew Johnson was convinced that only recalcitrant members of Congress prevented the nation from moving forward to a new post-war reality, but many of these individuals considered the administration's position flawed, partciularly with regard to safeguarding the rights of former slaves and protecting the interests of Unionists in the face of ex-Confederates who sought to regain a measure of control over their lives and futures. Many factors promised to complicate the process.


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