9781572330931

Mountain Rebels : East Tennessee Confederates and the Civil War, 1860-1870

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  • ISBN13:

    9781572330931

  • ISBN10:

    1572330937

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/26/2000
  • Publisher: Univ of Tennessee Pr
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Summary

A bastion of Union support during the Civil War, East Tennessee was also home to Confederate sympathizers who took up the Southern cause until the bitter end. Yet historians have viewed these mountain rebels as scarcely different from other Confederates or as an aberration in the region's Unionism. Often they are simply ignored.

W. Todd Groce corrects this distorted view of East Tennessee's antebellum development and wartime struggle. He paints a clearer picture of the region's Confederates than has previously been available, examining why they chose secession over union and revealing why they have become so invisible to us today. Drawing extensively on primary sources -- newspapers, diaries, government reports -- Groce allows the voices of these mountain rebels finally to be heard.

Author Biography

W. Todd Groce is executive director of the Georgia Historical Society

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
A Land that Can Flow with Milk and Honey
1(20)
They Made Me a Rebel
21(25)
The Social Origins of East Tennessee's Confederate Leadership
46(22)
East Tennesseans Are Willing to Fight
68(20)
A Damned Stinking Cotton Oligarchy
88(21)
How I Wish We Could Have Peace
109(18)
We Are Certainly Now Treading on a Volcano
127(26)
Epilogue: They Never Hoped to Do Great Things 153(8)
Notes 161(38)
Bibliography 199(12)
Index 211

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