By Jonathan Dean Sarris
Most americans give some thought to the Civil conflict as a chain of dramatic clashes between
large armies led by way of romantic-seeming leaders. yet within the Appalachian groups of North
Georgia, issues have been very assorted. targeting Fannin and Lumpkin counties within the Blue Ridge
Mountains alongside Georgia’s northern border, A Separate Civil struggle: groups in Conflict
within the Mountain South argues for a extra localized, idiosyncratic knowing of this momentous
interval in our nation’s background. The ebook unearths that, for lots of members, this struggle was
fought much less for summary ideological motives than for purposes tied to domestic, kin, buddies, and
Making use of a giant trove of letters, diaries, interviews, government
records, and sociological info, Jonathan Dean Sarris brings to existence a formerly obscured
model of our nation’s such a lot divisive and damaging struggle. From the outset, the prospect
of secession and conflict divided Georgia’s mountain groups alongside the traces of race and
faith, and conflict itself in basic terms heightened those tensions. because the accomplice executive started to
draft males into the military and grab provides from farmers, many mountaineers grew to become more
disaffected nonetheless. They banded jointly in armed squads, scuffling with off accomplice soldiers,
kingdom armed forces, and their very own pro-Confederate friends. a neighborhood civil conflict ensued, with each one side
seeing the opposite as a danger to legislation, order, and neighborhood itself. during this very personal
clash, either factions got here to dehumanize their enemies and use tools that stunned even
professional squaddies with their savagery. but if the struggle used to be over in 1865, each one faction sought to
sanitize the prior and combine its tales into the nationwide myths later popularized approximately the
Civil conflict. by means of arguing that the cause of settling on aspects 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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A Separate Civil War: Communities in Conflict in the Mountain South (A Nation Divided: Studies in the Civil War Era) by Jonathan Dean Sarris