Bushwhackers!: The Mountains

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J.F. Blair, 1991 - History - 338 pages
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"Bushwhackers tells the ... story of America's bloodiest war as it was fought in the mountains of North Carolina. Much of the story of the war remains alive in the generational memories and oral traditions of the mountain people. Mountain families whose roots go back that far still speak of the dark night on a backwoods road when great-great-grandfather was cut down by bushwhackers, or of that raw morning when great-great-grandmother stood on her front porch and watched a patrol of Thomas's Highland Legion -- full-blooded Cherokee warriors -- ride by with fresh Unionist scalps dangling from their saddle horns. From the courageous exploits of soldiers and citizens to the atrocities committed by pro-Union and pro-Confederate factions, the mountain war in North Carolina represented both the best and the worst of the South. In the mountains, where sentiments on both sides were strongly held, internecine warfare broke out. Bloody skirmishes were fought between Unionist and Confederate guerrillas. Family feuds erupted into ever-widening circles of violence and revenge. And countless numbers of men, women, and children were caught in the crossfire of conflicting loyalties"--Page 4 of cover.

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Review: Bushwhackers: The Civil War in North Carolina: The Mountains

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Bushwhackers: The Civil War in North Carolina: The Mountains by William R. Trotter (John F. Blair Publishers 1988) (973.74756). This is part of a nonfictional trilogy on the Civil War from William R ... Read full review

Review: Bushwhackers: The Civil War in North Carolina: The Mountains

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William Trotter has written a memorable regional civil war history of the mountain people of North Carolina. He has a beautiful style of writing, with which he invites the reader into a living past ... Read full review

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About the author (1991)

William R. Trotter was raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, and educated at Davidson College, where he earned a B.A. in European History. He has worked as a regional music critic, a book reviewer, and a freelance historian and feature writer. Trotter has published twelve books as well as many articles--in "The Independent" (North Carolina), "Spectator Magazine", the "American Record Magazine", "Film Culture", "Military History Monthly", and dozens of other magazines. Since 1987, he has been a senior writer for "PC Gamer Magazine." In 1995, Trotter won the Finlandia Foundation's Arts and Letters Prize for "A Frozen Hell", and the book is required reading for the 2nd Marine Division. In addition, his biography of Mitropoulos, "Priest of Music: The Life and Times of Dimitri Mitropoulos", was selected as one of the "ten best 'arts' books of the year" by National Public Radio, and one of his novellas has been nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. William Trotter lives with his wife and their youngest son in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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