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Zoar in the Civil War Philip E. Webber

Zoar in the Civil War

Philip E. Webber

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ISBN : 9780873389068
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130 pages
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Zoar Village, located in Ohios Tuscarawas Valley, functioned from 1817 to 1898 as a communal society. Formed by German separatists seeking religious freedom, Zoar became one of the most successful experiments in communal living in Americas history.MoreZoar Village, located in Ohios Tuscarawas Valley, functioned from 1817 to 1898 as a communal society. Formed by German separatists seeking religious freedom, Zoar became one of the most successful experiments in communal living in Americas history. One cardinal principle in the Zoarites faith and practice was the refusal to bear arms. In the 1860s, with the rise of the Civil War, conflict emerged between the communitys pacifist stance and its strong support for the Union cause and for the abolition of slavery. Some Zoarites continued on the path of conscientious objection- others chose the path of conscientious participation in the Union army. Zoar in the Civil War traces the ways that the Zoar community dealt graciously with the war as a difficult yet inescapable event in its history. Based primarily on unpublished material from archives and collections of the Ohio Historical Society and the Western Reserve Historical Society, this study draws together the largest gathering to date of previously untapped Zoar records. Following a brief and informative introduction, Webber allows these eloquent and fascinating primary sources to tell the story, thereby offering a unique perspective on the American Civil War.