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

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/26/2000
  • Publisher: Univ of Tennessee Pr
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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
They Made Me a Rebel
The Social Origins of East Tennessee's Confederate Leadership
East Tennesseans Are Willing to Fight
A Damned Stinking Cotton Oligarchy
How I Wish We Could Have Peace
We Are Certainly Now Treading on a Volcano
Epilogue: They Never Hoped to Do Great Things 153(8)
Notes 161(38)
Bibliography 199(12)
Index 211

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