By Robert Tracy McKenzie
Firstly of the Civil warfare, Knoxville, Tennessee, with a inhabitants of simply over 4,000, used to be thought of a filthy rich city little reliant on slavery. even supposing the encircling geographical region was once predominantly Unionist in sympathy, Knoxville itself was once cut up down the center, with Union and accomplice supporters even conserving simultaneous political rallies at contrary ends of the town's major highway. Following Tennessee's secession, Knoxville quickly turned recognized (or notorious) as a stronghold of stalwart Unionism, due to the efforts of a small cadre who persevered in brazenly denouncing the Confederacy. in the course of the process the Civil struggle, Knoxville continued army profession for all yet 3 days, website hosting accomplice troops in the course of the first 1/2 the clash and Union forces during the the rest, with the transition punctuated by means of a longer siege and bloody conflict in which approximately 40 thousand squaddies fought over town. In Lincolnites and Rebels, Robert Tracy McKenzie tells the tale of Civil struggle Knoxville-a endlessly occupied, bitterly divided Southern city the place neighbor fought opposed to neighbor. Mining a treasure-trove of manuscript collections and civil and armed forces documents, McKenzie unearths the complicated ways that allegiance altered the day-by-day regimen of a city gripped in a civil battle in the Civil struggle and explores the agonizing own judgements that struggle made inescapable. Following the process occasions top as much as the conflict, profession by way of accomplice after which Union infantrymen, and the afflicted peace that the warfare, Lincolnites and Rebels info in microcosm the clash and paints a fancy portrait of a border kingdom, neither utterly North nor South.
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There were likely numerous others. Oliver Temple—who owned seven slaves in 1860 and had no qualms of conscience about it—remembered that such conversions were commonplace after the early 1830s, when “the antislavery current . . 29 In the early 1830s he had described slavery as a “great evil . . ” Brownlow expressed an occasional reservation about the economic eﬀects of slavery into the 1840s, and he could never go as far as J. G. M. 30 Why his views changed so radically is a matter of conjecture.
6 As Yancey began to wind down, the Bell and Everett men realized that the senator had not yet deﬁned his position on the appropriate southern response to a Republican victory in November. Accordingly, they sent a note up to the speaker’s platform. The question it contained was blunt: Should Abraham Lincoln be elected, would the senator advocate the immediate dissolution of the Union, even in the absence of any overt action against slavery by the new president? The query was signed by a number of Knoxville’s leading Bell supporters, namely, Brownlow, Dr.
As such, he concluded, it was to be considered “promotive . . ”23 Others had converted to support for the institution. Horace Maynard, who owned four slaves by 1860, went through an evolution of opinion reﬂected in his regular correspondence with his father. Maynard came to Knoxville from Massachusetts in 1838 to accept a position at East Tennessee College. Fresh from earning his bachelor degree at Amherst, he was underwhelmed by the sophistication of the Appalachian metropolis and particularly repulsed by the adverse eﬀects of slavery on the local culture and economy.
Lincolnites and Rebels: A Divided Town in the American Civil War by Robert Tracy McKenzie