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Bushwhackers (Civil War in North Carolina)

de William R. Trotter

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Bushwhackers recounts hundreds of incidents that brought the Civil War home to the mountains of the Old North State. Some are violent, some humorous; some are heroic, some shameful. From the opening shots of the war to the vicious acts of vengeance that continued for months and even years after the war ended,Bushwhackers relates the tragic and rarely told tale of how the Civil War was fought among the proud mountain people of North Carolina. William R. (Bill) Trotter is an essayist, book reviewer, and author ofThe Civil War in North Carolina andA Frozen Hell, among other books, as well as several short stories and novellas, and has twice been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award. He wrote a monthly column called "The Desktop General" forPC Gamer magazine until 2004. He was the first recipient of the North Carolina English Teachers' Association "Lifetime Achievement Award." He lives in Greensboro, NC.… (més)
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I couldn't wait to get home and read it. My mother's family line was from the Western NC Appalachian Mountains, the earliest of the settlers. Being an amateur genealogist who has worked for about 15 years on following family lines, both my families and Stan's families, I was particularly interested in what happened during the Civil War in the Western NC mountains of Madison County. There is family story.

The timeline or chronology of events was a little scattered in the writing . One chapter would take you to 1864 and then the next would back track and you would be back in 1863. But, other than that, it was a fascinating read. It's a specialty book, for a niche. There might not be many people outside the area who would be interested in the Civil War in the Western NC mountain counties. But I'm one who is and was really glad Trotter wrote about it. I recognized so many of the names and places that he mentions. I've been up there doing genealogy research at the Madison County Courthouse in Marshall, taken the hike on Max Patch, eaten in Hot Springs, been cemetery hunting and my parents have a camper in the Meadowfork Campground in Joe, NC that we get to visit each summer. It's truly a beautiful place, but Trotter shows the dark side too. Because of the family story and my genealogy research, I knew a little bit about it, but wasn't prepared for the totality of it. No one remained untouched during the War, and that was especially true in those mountains. You might have thought they could sort of hide out and evade the War in those mountains but you would be wrong! I also did not know about the Cherokee Indians who served in Thomas's Highland Legion. I did know about the Salt Raid and the Shelton Laurel Massacre.

If you have read this far, I hope I've whetted your appetite and you will purchase this book and read it. It's a real slice of life! ( )
  Mom25dogs | Jan 11, 2009 |
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Bushwhackers recounts hundreds of incidents that brought the Civil War home to the mountains of the Old North State. Some are violent, some humorous; some are heroic, some shameful. From the opening shots of the war to the vicious acts of vengeance that continued for months and even years after the war ended,Bushwhackers relates the tragic and rarely told tale of how the Civil War was fought among the proud mountain people of North Carolina. William R. (Bill) Trotter is an essayist, book reviewer, and author ofThe Civil War in North Carolina andA Frozen Hell, among other books, as well as several short stories and novellas, and has twice been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award. He wrote a monthly column called "The Desktop General" forPC Gamer magazine until 2004. He was the first recipient of the North Carolina English Teachers' Association "Lifetime Achievement Award." He lives in Greensboro, NC.

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