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Civil War: Split loyalties common during conflict

July 16, 2012
By DAVE McKAIN (dlmckain@yahoo.com) , Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Several times we have reviewed the loyalty issue in the area, and the use of loyalty oaths as a matter of civil order. The need for security in union territory was critical. Decisions for joining the Union or Confederacy split society and families. We saw Parkersburg Mayor James Cook had to resign because he would not sign the loyalty oath. This split loyalty problem was particularly serious in the border states of West Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri. It was more of a problem in West Virginia because of the attempt to put together a new state.

 
 
 

 

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