Hurrah for Us!
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July 1863 marked a turning point in the Civil War. In the east, Lee's Army of Northern Virginia met defeat at Gettysburg, while in the west Vicksburg fell, dividing the Confederacy. Hoosier eyes, however, were focused closer to home, as Confederate cavalry under General John Hunt Morgan crossed the Ohio River in hopes of diverting Union troops and attention.

Follow General John Hunt Morgan's raid through the eyes of contemporary reports in southern Indiana newspapers. As editors reported the movements of the Confederate "freebooters," "horse-thieves," and "myrmidons," they revealed a deep-rooted pride in their home towns, but also a regional particularism that often defined the newspapers' readers by contrasting them with other, allegedly lesser states.

"Hurrah for us!" was the concluding cry of local farmers and tradesmen who valiantly--though often vainly--tried to slow Morgan's progress through Indiana in the summer of 1863. This article preserves the editors' florid, sometimes extravagant turns of phrase (fun reading in their own right) while considering the way people of the 19th century--and the 21st!--form identities by comparing ourselves with others.

Published: Michael D. Yates on
ISBN: 9781301329045
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