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By Philip Katcher

While the battle among the States broke out in 1861, the united states military had basically 4 line generals – and 3 of these have been over 70 years of age and veterans of the Napoleonic interval. approximately one in 3 of America's specialist officials selected to serve the Confederacy, and the government's pressing have to locate commanders for its greatly accelerated military placed stars at the shoulders of guys of very diversified backgrounds and abilities. the rigors of conflict could quickly separate the born leaders from the over-promoted and the political opportunists. This moment quantity dedicated to Union generals examines the careers and personalities of 25 commanders whose carrier was once commonly, or firstly, within the Western theater of conflict.

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Indb 24 4/24/06 11:15:03 AM Mountain Neighbors / 25 children were taken in by their masters and mistresses when their parents died. They worked, dined, and slept in the same physical space with their white owners. Morris Hillyer was owned by a prominent local judge and politician in north Georgia. Morris hunted rabbits with his master, often accompanied him into town, and was allowed to watch and listen as the judge “lounge[d] with his cronies” and talked politics. Indeed, some outside observers feared that mountain blacks mixed all too freely with whites, threatening to destabilize the racial caste system.

The supermasculine, Davy Crockett–like figure provided many with a believable image of the typical Appalachian man. Even Northerners who tried to be less critical and more understanding of their subjects ultimately perpetuated the same stereotypes of the isolated, backward highlander. When Charles Lanman of New York traveled through Lumpkin County in the 1840s, he found the locals “distinguished for their hospitality . . and sobriety,” people who gladly offered the stranger from the North the best food and forage they could offer.

And there were always community leaders who sought to make those connections firmer still. The editor of the county’s first newspaper, the Auraria Western Herald, was an early and tireless booster for local development. ” By the early 1850s, Dahlonegans had created a committee of almost one hundred men to agitate for extending the rail line from Marietta to their town. Led by rising elites such as Weir Boyd, A. G. 19 The institution of slavery was another force binding Lumpkin to the rest of Georgia, and indeed to the South as a whole.

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