War at Every Door: Partisan Politics and Guerrilla Violence in East Tennessee, 1860-1869 / Edition 1

War at Every Door: Partisan Politics and Guerrilla Violence in East Tennessee, 1860-1869 / Edition 1

by Noel C. Fisher
     
 

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ISBN-10: 080784988X

ISBN-13: 9780807849880

Pub. Date: 09/03/2001

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

One of the most divided regions of the Confederacy, East Tennessee was the site of fierce Unionist resistance to secession, Confederate rule, and the Southern war effort. It was also the scene of unrelenting 'irregular,' or guerrilla, warfare between Union and Confederate supporters, a conflict that permanently altered the region's political, economic, and social

Overview

One of the most divided regions of the Confederacy, East Tennessee was the site of fierce Unionist resistance to secession, Confederate rule, and the Southern war effort. It was also the scene of unrelenting 'irregular,' or guerrilla, warfare between Union and Confederate supporters, a conflict that permanently altered the region's political, economic, and social landscape. In this study, Noel Fisher examines the military and political struggle for control of East Tennessee from the secession crisis through the early years of Reconstruction, focusing particularly on the military and political significance of the region's irregular activity. Fisher portrays in grim detail the brutality and ruthlessness employed not only by partisan bands but also by Confederate and Union troops under constant threat of guerrilla attack and government officials frustrated by unstinting dissent. He demonstrates that, generally, guerrillas were neither the romantic, daring figures of Civil War legend nor mere thieves and murderers, but rather were ordinary men and women who fought to live under a government of their choice and to drive out those who did not share their views.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807849880
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
09/03/2001
Series:
Civil War America Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue
Introduction
Chapter 1. The Switzerland of America
Chapter 2. Hewers of Wood and Drawers of Water
Chapter 3. A State of Rebellion
Chapter 4. Hanging, Shooting, and Robbing
Chapter 5. An Enemy's Country
Chapter 6. Real or Supposed Danger
Chapter 7. Separation Is Best
Conclusion
Appendix A. Interpretations of East Tennessee Unionism
Appendix B. Unionist Informants and the Death of John Hunt Morgan
Appendix C. Vote on Secession in Tennessee, June 1861
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Author Biography: Noel C. Fisher, who received his Ph.D. in history from The Ohio State University, is a freelance writer who lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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