Civil War Era Studies
"The ball is rolling," the Sentinel crowed, "and it is no time now to faint or falter in the good and noble work of crushing rebels and traitors abroad and at home, and bringing back to its original glory our time-honored Union."
The Union would be saved, the Sentinel was sure, by the pure and sustained love and loyalty of her people. Gettysburg was showing her mettle in that department in the waning days of April 1863, as citizens gathered to follow the lead of others to the east in forming a Loyal Union League in the Adams county seat. [excerpt]
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Rudy, John M. "Loyalty: Democracy and Gettysburg's Union League." Interpreting the Civil War: Connecting the Civil War to the American Public (April 23, 2013).