A Separate Civil War
Most Americans think of the Civil War as a series of dramatic clashes between massive
armies led by romantic-seeming leaders. But in the Appalachian communities of North Georgia,
things were very different. Focusing on Fannin and Lumpkin counties in the Blue Ridge Mountains
along Georgia's northern border, A Separate Civil War: Communities in Conflict in the Mountain
South argues for a more localized, idiosyncratic understanding of this momentous period in our
nation's history. The book reveals that, for many participants, this war was fought less for
abstract ideological causes than for reasons tied to home, family, friends, and
community.Making use of a large trove of letters, diaries, interviews, government
documents, and sociological data, Jonathan Dean Sarris brings to life a previously obscured version
of our nation's most divisive and destructive war. From the outset, the prospect of secession
and war divided Georgia's mountain communities along the lines of race and religion, and war
itself only heightened these tensions. As the Confederate government began to draft men into the
army and seize supplies from farmers, many mountaineers became more disaffected still. They banded
together in armed squads, fighting off Confederate soldiers, state militia, and their own
pro-Confederate neighbors. A local civil war ensued, with each side seeing the other as a threat
to law, order, and community itself. In this very personal conflict, both factions came to
dehumanize their enemies and use methods that shocked even seasoned soldiers with their savagery.
But when the war was over in 1865, each faction sought to sanitize the past and integrate its
stories into the national myths later popularized about the Civil War. By arguing that the reason
for choosing sides had more to do with local concerns than with competing ideologies or social or
political visions, Sarris adds a much-needed complication to the question of why men fought in
the Civil War.
- 2006 University of Virginia Press
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