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Contested BorderlandThe Civil War in Appalachian Kentucky and Virginia$
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Brian D. McKnight

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813123899

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813123899.001.0001

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Violent War, Violent Peace

Violent War, Violent Peace

October 1864—April 1865

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(p.206) 11 Violent War, Violent Peace
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Contested Borderland
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Brian D. McKnight

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813123899.003.0012

This chapter examines the final period of the American Civil War during the period from October 1864 to April 1865. The final battlefield was Saltville in Virginia. This chapter discusses the violence of this battle, including Confederate officer John C. Breckinridge's accusation of a Confederate massacre of Black union soldiers and his allegations that a high-ranking officer might have taken part in the killings. It also explores the violence associated with efforts to establish peace in the South.

Keywords:   American Civil War, Battle of Saltville, John C. Breckinridge, violence, massacre, peace, South

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