"An extremely well researched and forcefully written study of a badly neglected subject. Sean Scott provides readers with much fresh information on the Union home front while offering an often searing critique of northern civil religion. An important contribution to both Civil War and American religious history."--George C. Rable, University of Alabama
"This fine book shows that northern civilians thoroughly merged religious and political energies before and during the Civil War. The author draws on a wide range of relevant sources (private writings, newspapers, publications from clerics, church and denominational records, and the collected works of Abraham Lincoln) to make his case....The result is a significant advance in our understanding that the Civil War (as Chicago editor Joseph Medill put it) was experienced by many Americans as 'a religious contest...a war for Christian civilization, for God's pure truth and man's universal brotherhood, against ignorance, depravity, and slavery allied.' The author's clean prose and fresh perspective should appeal to general readers as well as scholars."--Mark Noll, Notre Dame University
"In this seminal work Sean Scott makes a signal contribution to the rapidly developing literature on religion and the Civil War by giving an almost daily narrative of churched northerners grappling with what they must do to mobilize support for the war effort, effect emancipation, and create a new kind of community through common sacrifice but also through the purging of those who sinned against God and his chosen instrument--the Union. By looking at the northern home front, Scott enters a much understudied terrain and reorients understanding of religion's central place in American culture, politics, and interest. He shows, in a word, that God counted above the Mason-Dixon Line. Students of American religion, the war, and more will find his book instructive."--Randall M. Miller, Saint Joseph's University
"Deeply researched and written with subtlety and skill...."--Edward J. Blum, Christian Century
"[A] valuable contribution to our understanding of the northern home front."--American Historical Review
"An excellent introduction to the overarching construct of religion and the Civil War as manifested in one northern region of a broken nation."--Journal of Religion
Sean A. Scott is Post-doctoral Fellow in the Center for American Studies and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership and American Studies, Christopher Newport University.