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