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

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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 for all, Stephen Ash argues, 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 ...
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Overview

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 for all, Stephen Ash argues, 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. Examining events from a dual perspective to show how occupation affected the invading forces as well as the indigenous population, Ash concludes that as Federal war aims evolved, the occupation gradually became more repressive. But increased brutality on the part of the Northern army resulted in more determined resistance from white Southerners - a situation that parallels the experience of many other conquering forces. Finally, Ash shows that conflicts between Confederate citizens and Yankee invaders were not the only ones that marked the experience of the occupied South. Internal clashes pitted Southerners against one another along lines of class, race, and politics: plain folk vs. aristocrats, slaves vs. owners, and unionists vs. secessionists.
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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: 9780807822234
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Series: Civil War America Series
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.10 (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
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 283
Index 303
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