By Jonathan Dean Sarris
Most american citizens think about the Civil conflict as a sequence of dramatic clashes between
gigantic armies led by means of romantic-seeming leaders. yet within the Appalachian groups of North
Georgia, issues have been very varied. concentrating on 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 historical past. The publication finds that, for plenty of members, this warfare was
fought much less for summary ideological motives than for purposes tied to domestic, kin, acquaintances, and
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 such a lot divisive and damaging conflict. From the outset, the prospect
of secession and struggle divided Georgia’s mountain groups alongside the traces of race and
faith, and struggle itself basically heightened those tensions. because the accomplice govt begun 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, combating off accomplice soldiers,
nation military, and their very own pro-Confederate buddies. an area civil struggle ensued, with each one side
seeing the opposite as a possibility 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 squaddies with their savagery. but if the conflict was once over in 1865, every one faction sought to
sanitize the prior and combine its tales into the nationwide myths later popularized approximately the
Civil warfare. by means of arguing that the cause of identifying 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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A Separate Civil War: Communities in Conflict in the Mountain South (A Nation Divided: Studies in the Civil War Era) by Jonathan Dean Sarris