When the Yankees Came: Conflict and Chaos in the Occupied South, 1861-1865 / Edition 2

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Southerners whose communities were invaded by the Union army during the Civil War endured a profoundly painful ordeal. For most, the coming of the Yankees was a nightmare become real; for some, it was the answer to a prayer. But as Stephen Ash argues, for all, invasion and occupation were essential parts of the experience of defeat that helped shape the southern postwar mentality.

When the Yankees Came is the first comprehensive study of the occupied South, bringing to light a wealth of new information about the southern home front. Among the intriguing topics Ash explores are guerrilla warfare and other forms of civilian resistance; the evolution of Union occupation policy from leniency to repression; the impact of occupation on families, churches, and local government; and conflicts between southern aristocrats and poor whites. In analyzing these topics, Ash examines events from the perspective not only of southerners but also of the northern invaders, and he shows how the experiences of southerners differed according to their distance from a garrisoned town.

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Editorial Reviews

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An impressively researched and gracefully written study, one of great interest to all students of the Civil War.

Reviews in American History

A basic, thoughtful, synthesizing study . . . essential reading for Civil War specialists.

Journal of American History

A very good book that combines extraordinary detail with close analysis of the encounters between Yankee soldiers and Confederate civilians.

Journal of Southern History

One of Ash's greatest accomplishments is in providing the first broad overview of the occupation experience throughout the South.

Journal of Southwest Georgia History

This excellent study is a must buy for anyone interested in social history or the Civil War.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807847954
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 8/16/1999
  • Series: Civil War America Series
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 807,077
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 5.96 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen V. Ash is associate professor of history at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and managing editor of the Journal of East Tennessee History. His books include Middle Tennessee Society Transformed, 1860-1870: War and Peace in the Upper South.

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Table of Contents


Preface, ix
Prologue: Spring 1861, 1
1 Citizens and Soldiers: The First Invasions and Early Occupation Policy, 13
2 Rebels and Conquerors: Civilian Resistance and the Transformation of Northern War Aims, 38
3 Three Worlds: The Garrisoned Towns, the Confederate Frontier, and No-Man's-Land, 76
4 Deliverance and Disillusion: The Ordeal of the Unionists, 108
5 To the Red Sea: The Struggle against Black Freedom, 149
6 The Other Jubilee: Plain Folk, Aristocrats, and the Challenge to the Old Order, 170
7 In a Strange Land: Family and Community in the Maelstrom of War, 195
8 No River of Fire: War-weariness and the Collapse of Resistance, 214
Epilogue: Summer 1865, 229
Map Appendix, 237
Notes, 243
Bibliography, 303
Index, 303
A section of illustrations appears following page 130.

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