A Visitation of God
Northern Civilians Interpret the Civil War
Sean A. Scott
Table of Contents
1.: "If God Saves Not Our Country It Must Be Lost"
Providence, Secession, and the Outbreak of War
2.: "Until the Great Sin . . . Has Been Removed"
God's Chastening, the Sacred Union, and Emancipation
3.: . "Try to Live the Life of a Christian"
The Personal Faith of Women on the Home Front
4.: "Christian Patriotism" in Flush
Political Preaching, Antiwar Dissent, and Summer Thanksgiving
5.: "Exhorting You to Be Faithful to God and to Men"
Fatherly Counsel and the Path to Christian Manhood
6.: "Discord Sown among Brethren"
Church Division and Bible Appropriation
7.: "Earth Has No Sorrow That Heaven Cannot Cure"
Civilian Perspectives on Death and Eternity
8.: "God Be Thanked the Nation and Humanity Were Saved"
Retribution against Traitors, the Reelection of Lincoln, and the Termination of War
9.: "How Mysterious Are the Ways of Providence"
Civilian Attitudes toward the Assassination of Lincoln