A Separate Civil War

A Separate Civil War
Publisher University of Virginia Press
Release Date
Category History
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9780813934211
Rating 4/5 from 21 reviews

Most Americans think of the Civil War as a series of dramatic clashes between massive armies led by romantic-seeming leaders. But in the Appalachian communities of North Georgia, things were very different. Focusing on Fannin and Lumpkin counties in the Blue Ridge Mountains along Georgia’s northern border, A Separate Civil War: Communities in Conflict in the Mountain South argues for a more localized, idiosyncratic understanding of this momentous period in our nation’s history. The book reveals that, for many participants, this war was fought less for abstract ideological causes than for reasons tied to home, family, friends, and community. Making use of a large trove of letters, diaries, interviews, government documents, and sociological data, Jonathan Dean Sarris brings to life a previously obscured version of our nation’s most divisive and destructive war. From the outset, the prospect of secession and war divided Georgia’s mountain communities along the lines of race and religion, and war itself only heightened these tensions. As the Confederate government began to draft men into the army and seize supplies from farmers, many mountaineers became more disaffected still. They banded together in armed squads, fighting off Confederate soldiers, state militia, and their own pro-Confederate neighbors. A local civil war ensued, with each side seeing the other as a threat to law, order, and community itself. In this very personal conflict, both factions came to dehumanize their enemies and use methods that shocked even seasoned soldiers with their savagery. But when the war was over in 1865, each faction sought to sanitize the past and integrate its stories into the national myths later popularized about the Civil War. By arguing that the reason for choosing sides had more to do with local concerns than with competing ideologies or social or political visions, Sarris adds a much-needed complication to the question of why men fought in the Civil War.

A Separate Civil War
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  • Publisher : University of Virginia Press
  • Release Date : 2012-10-05

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  • Publisher : UNC Press Books
  • Release Date : 2017-03-16

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  • Author : Robert Hicks
  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
  • Release Date : 2009-09-23

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  • Author : William B. Kurtz
  • Publisher : Fordham Univ Press
  • Release Date : 2015-12-01

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-01-08

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  • Author : MacKinlay Kantor
  • Publisher : Forge Books
  • Release Date : 2001-11-03

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  • Author : Gary W. Gallagher,Myra MacPherson,Alan T. Nolan
  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • Release Date : 2000

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  • Publisher : UNC Press Books
  • Release Date : 2018-11-02

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  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-02-03

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  • Publisher : The New Press
  • Release Date : 2010-04-16

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  • Publisher : Boydell & Brewer
  • Release Date : 2003

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  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2006-05-01

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  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2012

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  • Publisher : The Overmountain Press
  • Release Date : 1989-02

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  • Author : Ayuba Mshelia
  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Release Date : 2012-01-26

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