By Jonathan Dean Sarris
Most american citizens think about the Civil battle as a sequence of dramatic clashes between
big armies led via 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 conflict: groups in Conflict
within the Mountain South argues for a extra localized, idiosyncratic realizing of this momentous
interval in our nation’s historical past. The publication unearths that, for plenty of contributors, this struggle was
fought much less for summary ideological motives than for purposes tied to domestic, relations, acquaintances, and
Making use of a giant trove of letters, diaries, interviews, government
files, and sociological info, Jonathan Dean Sarris brings to lifestyles a formerly obscured
model of our nation’s so much divisive and harmful battle. From the outset, the prospect
of secession and conflict divided Georgia’s mountain groups alongside the traces of race and
faith, and struggle itself merely heightened those tensions. because the accomplice govt begun to
draft males into the military and grab offers from farmers, many mountaineers turned more
disaffected nonetheless. They banded jointly in armed squads, combating off accomplice soldiers,
kingdom military, and their very own pro-Confederate associates. a neighborhood civil battle ensued, with every one side
seeing the opposite as a risk to legislation, order, and neighborhood itself. during this very personal
clash, either factions got here to dehumanize their enemies and use equipment that stunned even
pro infantrymen with their savagery. but if the struggle was once over in 1865, each one faction sought to
sanitize the prior and combine its tales into the nationwide myths later popularized approximately the
Civil struggle. through arguing that the cause of deciding 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