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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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“The Other War Was but the Beginning”

“The Other War Was but the Beginning”

The Politics of Loyalty in Western North Carolina, 1865–1867

(p.105) Chapter 4 “The Other War Was but the Beginning”
Reconstructing Appalachia

Steven E. Nash

University Press of Kentucky

The Civil War brought privation, loss of life, and governmental power to western Carolinians' doorsteps to an unprecedented degree. Conscription officers, tax collectors, and soldiers became commonplace in the region during the war. White mountaineers greeted the Richmond government's policies with more of an attitude of exasperation than the defiant opposition that many later observers read into their responses. When the Richmond government inaugurated the first draft of the war in April 1862, its exemption for white men on farms with 20 or more slaves led to a spike in desertion and violence.

Keywords:   privation, Carolinians, white mountaineers, Richmond, desertion

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