When the Yankees Came: Conflict and Chaos in the Occupied South, 1861-1865

Univ of North Carolina Press, 2000 M11 9 - 328 páginas
Southerners whose communities were invaded by the Union army during the Civil War endured a profoundly painful ordeal. For most, the coming of the Yankees was a nightmare become real; for some, it was the answer to a prayer. But as Stephen Ash argues, for all, invasion and occupation were essential parts of the experience of defeat that helped shape the southern postwar mentality.
When the Yankees Came is the first comprehensive study of the occupied South, bringing to light a wealth of new information about the southern home front. Among the intriguing topics Ash explores are guerrilla warfare and other forms of civilian resistance; the evolution of Union occupation policy from leniency to repression; the impact of occupation on families, churches, and local government; and conflicts between southern aristocrats and poor whites. In analyzing these topics, Ash examines events from the perspective not only of southerners but also of the northern invaders, and he shows how the experiences of southerners differed according to their distance from a garrisoned town.

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Spring 1861
The First Invasions and Early Occupation Policy
Civilian Resistance and the Transformation of Northern War Aims
The Garrisoned Towns the Confederate Frontier and NoMansLand
The Ordeal of the Unionists
The Struggle against Black Freedom
Plain Folk Aristocrats and the Challenge to the Old Order
Family and Community in the Maelstrom of War
Warweariness and the Collapse of Resistance
Summer 1865
Map Appendix
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Stephen V. Ash is associate professor of history at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and managing editor of the Journal of East Tennessee History. His books include Middle Tennessee Society Transformed, 1860-1870: War and Peace in the Upper South.

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