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Thursday, April 28, 2011

CONFEDERATE COLONEL FROM NEW JERSEY

William Henry Napton was a lawyer who was born in New Jersey, lived in Virginia for some time, and then migrated to Missouri. While in Missouri he married, bought some slaves, and became a states’ rights true believer. He therefore served as a Confederate colonel during the Civil War, but then somewhat inexplicably joined the Republican Party and became an income tax examiner for the Internal Revenue Service after the war. A new biography explores the life of this man of abounding contradictions:

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