A Separate Civil War: Communities in Conflict in the by Jonathan Dean Sarris

By Jonathan Dean Sarris

Most americans think about the Civil battle as a sequence of dramatic clashes between
big armies led through romantic-seeming leaders. yet within the Appalachian groups of North
Georgia, issues have been very diversified. concentrating on Fannin and Lumpkin counties within the Blue Ridge
Mountains alongside Georgia’s northern border, A Separate Civil warfare: groups in Conflict
within the Mountain South argues for a extra localized, idiosyncratic figuring out of this momentous
interval in our nation’s heritage. The booklet unearths that, for lots of contributors, this struggle was
fought much less for summary ideological explanations than for purposes tied to domestic, relatives, pals, and
community.

Making use of a big trove of letters, diaries, interviews, government
records, and sociological info, Jonathan Dean Sarris brings to lifestyles a formerly obscured
model of our nation’s so much divisive and harmful struggle. From the outset, the prospect
of secession and battle divided Georgia’s mountain groups alongside the traces of race and
faith, and warfare itself in simple terms heightened those tensions. because the accomplice executive begun to
draft males into the military and grab provides from farmers, many mountaineers turned more
disaffected nonetheless. They banded jointly in armed squads, scuffling with off accomplice soldiers,
nation armed forces, and their very own pro-Confederate friends. an area civil struggle ensued, with every one side
seeing the opposite as a probability to legislations, order, and neighborhood itself. during this very personal
clash, either factions got here to dehumanize their enemies and use tools that surprised even
professional infantrymen with their savagery. but if the conflict used to be over in 1865, each one faction sought to
sanitize the previous and combine its tales into the nationwide myths later popularized approximately the
Civil battle. by way of arguing that the cause of deciding upon facets had extra to do with neighborhood matters than
with competing ideologies or social or political visions, Sarris provides a much-needed complication
to the query of why males fought within the Civil War.

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