This video is part of the Virginia Historical Society’s traveling exhibit, “An American Turning Point.” It tackles the complex subject of southern unionists and the protection of civil liberties during wartime. Questions surrounding civil liberties often come up in reference to the steps Lincoln took at various points during the war, but rarely comes up in the context of the Confederacy. It’s nice to see the VHS tackling these subjects and for a short clip I think it does so effectively. What do you think?
The best book on the subject is Mark Neely’s, Southern Rights: Political Prisoners and the Myth of Confederate Constitutionalism (University of Virginia Press, 1999).