From 1861 to 1865, the border separating eastern Kentucky and south-western Virginia represented a major ideological split. This book shows how military invasion of this region led to increasing guerrilla warfare, and how regular armies and state militias ripped communities along partisan lines, leaving wounds long after the end of the Civil War.
The central Appalachian divide in unity and secession -- Recruitment, training, and baptism : June-November 1861 -- Locking the Confederates into Virginia : December 1861-June 1862 -- The Kentucky campaign, Cumberland Gap : July-October 1862 -- The Kentucky campaign, Pound Gap : July-October 1862 -- An aggressive Union Army : November 1862-February 1863 -- Return to Kentucky, return to Virginia : February-April 1863 -- Southwestern Virginia besieged : May-September 1863 -- East Tennessee rescued, southwestern Virginia harassed : October 1863-March 1864 -- Impending defeat : April-September 1864 -- Violent war, violent peace : October 1864-April 1865
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