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Author:North Carolina Union VolunteersThey have been forgotten, those white Southerners who fought on the Union side. They are the unknown soldiers of the Civil War. In the vast and growing literature of that conflict they remain practically unmentioned. There are historic reasons why this has been so, but it has not been because the men are historically unimportant or undeserving of remembrance. Not at all. They made a difference in the outcome of the war: without them, it would not have ended when and as it did. - Lincoln’s Loyalists
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The loyal citizen in a rebel State is placed between two fires - and flanked beside. If he professes loyalty and manifests sympathy for the Union army, he does it at the sacrifice of his safety when they retire, which he has no assurance they will not do. In that case he is sure to be dealt with by the rebels. If on the other hand he appears unfriendly towards the Union troops, he is certain of nothing better, and often he finds but little favor arising from Union professions. Thus it is that loyalty to the Government in a rebel State can only be expected from men of uncommon nerve. Few men are possessed of moral courage enough to publicly commit themselves to a cause surrounded with the dangers of Unionism in Rebeldom! It costs our northern friends nothing, but rather they are well paid for their loyalty. Not so with the loyal citizen who may at this unfortunate time have his home in the "sunny south," it costs him his all for the time being, and [he] is often but little rewarded for it. - Mysteries and Miseries of Arkansas; A defence of the loyalty of the state.