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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

(p.71) Chapter 3 UnReconstructed Appalachia
Reconstructing Appalachia

T. R. C. Hutton

University Press of Kentucky

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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