I remember coming across this many years ago and want to post this here for future reference.
The Union occupation of Tuscaloosa would be an excellent subject for a movie. Maybe one day a Southern filmmaker will make “Tuscaloosa Burning” about the day the noble Yankees and the Black Undertow came through T-Town.
“Had occupation been only confined to such minor matters as socializing or the temporary displacement from homes, it would have been easy enough. Southerners quickly learned, however, that occupation was, indeed, an end to their liberties, especially with respect to property. In Tuscaloosa, the first terrifying night of occupation brought looting and burning and the destruction of the university, including its library with more than thirty thousand volumes. The campus also boasted one of the finest refracting telescopes in the country. Yankees smashed the priceless instrument to pieces. Black children were observed carrying off precious lenses given them by Federal soldiers.”
Almost a century later, the Yankees came back to Tuscaloosa.
Note: Someone ought to write a “Civil War thriller” about the South defeating the North in the War Between the States. The 14th Amendment is passed which establishes the racial basis of American citizenship and bans Radical Republicans from holding elected office.
The leading egalitarians like Thaddeus Stevens and Charles Sumner are arrested. William Lloyd Garrison is executed as a war criminal. The women’s suffrage movement is forced underground. Industrialization grinds to a halt. America remains a Jeffersonian agrarian society.
The South’s culture becomes America’s dominant culture. Public schools are built for Yankees where they are reeducated to believe in racial inequality. Uncle Tom’s Cabin is banned. Blacks are deported to Liberia following the mechanization of agriculture.