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Reconstructing AppalachiaThe Civil War's Aftermath$
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Andrew L. Slap and Andrew L. Slap

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125817

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125817.001.0001

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UnReconstructed Appalachia

UnReconstructed Appalachia

The Persistence of War in Appalachia

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(p.71) Chapter 3 UnReconstructed Appalachia
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Reconstructing Appalachia
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T. R. C. Hutton

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125817.003.0004

An interracial gang of 16 men rode into the small country seat of Jackson, Kentucky, and forcibly took possession of the court house. They were led by William Strong, a local farmer who had been one of eastern Kentucky's most influential Unionists during the Civil War, thereby securing a reputation for theft and terrorism against civilians. Strong's war had primarily been fought in his home territory, a sparsely populated mountain county that, unlike many others in eastern Kentucky, had maintained a staunch pro-Confederate majority. By the 1870s the Democrats who had moved the county in a pro-Confederate direction had regained control.

Keywords:   Kentucky, reputation, terrorism, cavalry, Democrats

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