In the bloody war that split our nation, American bishops worked for the success of the Union and the Confederacy! Many are the moving–and often surprising–stories of brave Catholics on both sides of the conflict–stories told by Fr. Charles Connor, one of our country’s foremost experts on Catholic American history. Through searing anecdotes and learned analysis, Fr. Connor here shows how the tumult, tragedy, and bravery of the war forged a new American identity, even as it created a new American Catholic identity, as Catholics–often new immigrants –found themselves on both sides of the conflict. Paper.