Ashe County's Civil War: Community and Society in the Appalachian South

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Distinguished from traditional historical narrative by its balanced portrayal of wartime experiences both at home and on the battlefield and flavored by its vivid portrayal of a divided Appalachian community, Ashe County's Civil War: Community and Society in the Appalachian South breaks new ground in Southern social, political, and economic history.

Martin Crawford contends that the experiences of Ashe County's men and women during the Civil War era were shaped as much by their ...

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Distinguished from traditional historical narrative by its balanced portrayal of wartime experiences both at home and on the battlefield and flavored by its vivid portrayal of a divided Appalachian community, Ashe County's Civil War: Community and Society in the Appalachian South breaks new ground in Southern social, political, and economic history.

Martin Crawford contends that the experiences of Ashe County's men and women during the Civil War era were shaped as much by their membership in the wider American society as by uniquely local factors. Through a thoughtful blending of family correspondence, local and state historical documents, and the broader news of the divided country, Crawford re-creates the lives of Ashe County's citizens. Among them are teenager Selina Howell, whose suicide draws the reader into an intimate portrayal of kin and community dynamics, and Tom Crumpler, the young lawyer-politician who made the ultimate sacrifice for a cause he initially opposed.

These people and their stories bring to life the very human side of the Civil War, carrying Crawford's narrative well beyond ordinary social history.

University of Virginia Press

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Editorial Reviews

Georgia Historical Quarterly

This is the kind of local, intimate portrait that has a measurable impact on the way we view regional history and thus ground contemporary issues.

Journal of American History

A thorough and judiciously argued study that adds greatly to our understanding of the Civil War's impact in the southern mountains.

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Meet the Author

Martin Crawford is Reader in U.S. History in the School of American Studies at Keele University, Staffordshire, England, and the author or editor of several publications, including William Howard Russell's Civil War: Private Diary and Letters, 1861-1862, and American Nineteenth Century History.

University of Virginia Press

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
1 Selina Howell's Community 1
2 Settlers, Founders, Farmers, and Slaves 16
3 Politicians and Partisans 41
4 The Politics of Slavery 62
5 Ashe County's Confederate War, 1861-1862 74
6 A Community at War, 1863 105
7 Ashe County's Civil War, 1863-1865 125
8 Rebuilding the Community, 1865 and After 148
Notes 177
Bibliography 213
Index 227
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