Saturday, September 15, 2012

In The Review Queue: The Enemy Never Came

By Scott McArthur

Although the Pacific Northwest was the area furthest removed from the actual battles of the Civil War, it was nonetheless profoundly affected by the war. The Enemy Never Came examines the everyday lives of the volunteer soldiers who battled Native American renegades of the region and of the settlers who were deeply affected by the war yet unable to do much about it.

Pacific Northwest pioneers soon chose sides, most allying with the North, others supporting the southern states’ right to withdraw from the union. Still others attempted to ignore the entire issue of the War between the States, leaving “that problem” to the folks back east.

Because communication with the rest of the nation was slow and tenuous during the early years of the war, the early settlers of what are now Oregon, Washington, and Idaho concentrated on controlling the restive Native Americans whose land and society had been overwhelmed by white settlers. These same settlers, however, nonetheless vigorously argued politics and worried about invaders from the south, from the British colonies to the north, and from the sea — none of whom ever materialized.

About the Author

Scott McArthur is a writer and retired lawyer living in Monmouth, Oregon, and the author of five books on the history of the Pacific Northwest. He holds degrees from the University of Puget Sound, the University of Oregon, and Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College. He is a Civil War reenactor and a student of military music of the Civil War and the Mexican-American War. He has taught in public schools and at the college level.

ISBN 978-0870045127, Caxton Press, © 2012, Soft Cover, 268 pages, Photographs and Illustrations, Chapter End Notes, Appendices, Bibliography & Index. $18.95

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