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Author Fisher, Noel C.

Title War at every door : partisan politics and guerrilla violence in East Tennessee, 1860-1869 / Noel C. Fisher.

Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [1997]


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 UniM Store  976.804 FISH MF12    AVAILABLE
Physical description 250 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Series Civil War America.
Civil War America.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [225]-239) and index.
Contents Ch. 1. The Switzerland of America -- Ch. 2. Hewers of Wood and Drawers of Water -- Ch. 3. A State of Rebellion -- Ch. 4. Hanging, Shooting, and Robbing -- Ch. 5. An Enemy's Country -- Ch. 6. Real or Supposed Danger -- Ch. 7. Separation Is Best -- App. A. Interpretations of East Tennessee Unionism -- App. B. Unionist Informants and the Death of John Hunt Morgan -- App. C. Vote on Secession in Tennessee, June 1861.
Summary In this study Noel Fisher examines the military and political struggle for control of East Tennessee from the secession crisis through the early years of Reconstruction, focusing particularly on the military and political significance of the region's irregular activity. Drawing on extensive research in government documents, military records, and personal accounts of soldiers and residents of the region, Fisher portrays in grim detail the brutality and ruthlessness employed not only by partisan bands but also by Confederate and Union troops under constant threat of guerrilla attack and by government officials frustrated by unstinting dissent. He demonstrates that, generally, guerrillas were neither the romantic, daring figures of Civil War legend nor mere thieves and murderers, but rather were ordinary men and women who fought to live under a government of their choice and to drive out those who did not share their views.
By placing the conflict between Unionists and secessionists in East Tennessee within the context of the whole war, Fisher explores the significance of the struggle for both sides.
Subject Guerrillas -- Tennessee, East -- History -- 19th century.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) -- Tennessee, East.
Tennessee, East -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Underground movements.
ISBN 0807823678 (alk. paper)