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"Liberty to the downtrodden" :
Thomas L. Kane, romantic reformer /
Matthew J. Grow.
|Main Creator:||Grow, Matthew J.|
"Thomas L. Kane, a crusader for antislavery, women's rights, and the downtrodden, rose to prominence in his day as the most ardent and persuasive defender of Mormons' religious liberty. Though not a Mormon, Kane sought to defend the much-reviled group from the "Holy War" waged against them by evangelical America. His courageous personal intervention averted a potentially catastrophic bloody conflict between federal troops and Mormon settlers in the now nearly forgotten Utah War of 1857-58"--Jacket.
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New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2009.
Lamar series in western history.
"Published with assistance from the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies"--Title page verso.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-336) and index.
Kane's paternal grandfather had immigrated to America from Ireland after he left the Catholic Church for Anglicanism and married Sybil Kent, daughter of a prominent preacher. He led an extraordinary life as a crusader for anti-slavery, women's rights and most especially as the most ardent champion of the religious rights of the Mormons. As the Civil War began, Kane raised a mounted rifle regiment, the 42nd Pennsylvania Infantry. He taught his men what would become known as "skirmisher tactics." They learned to scatter under fire and to make use of whatever cover the ground offered, and to fire only when they could see their targets. He received a brevet promotion to major general for gallantry at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Physical description: xx, 348 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm.
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