Deserter Country: Civil War Opposition in the Pennsylvania Appalachians by Robert M. SandowDeserter Country: Civil War Opposition in the Pennsylvania Appalachians by Robert M. Sandow

Deserter Country: Civil War Opposition in the Pennsylvania Appalachians

byRobert M. Sandow

Paperback | October 11, 2011

Pricing and Purchase Info

$41.40 online 
$45.99 list price
Earn 207 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store

Out of stock online

Not available in stores


During the Civil War, there were throughout the Union explosions of resistance to the war -from the deadly Draft Riots in New York City to other, less well-known outbreaks. In Deserter Country, Robert Sandow explores one of these least known "inner civil wars", the widespread, sometimes violent opposition in the Appalachian lumber country of Pennsylvania.

Sparsely settled, these mountains were home to divided communities that provided safe-haven for opponents of the war. The dissent of mountain folk reflected their own marginality in the face of rapidly increasing exploitation of timber resources by big firms, as well as partisan debates over loyalty.

One of the few studies of the northern Appalachians, this book draws revealing parallels to the War in the southern mountains, exploring the roots of rural protest in frontier development, the market economy, military policy, partisan debate, and everyday resistance. Sandow also sheds new light on the party politics of rural resistance, rejecting easy depictions of war-opponents as traitors and malcontents for a more nuanced and complicated study of the class, economic upheaval, and localism.

Robert M. Sandow is Associate Professor of History at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.
Title:Deserter Country: Civil War Opposition in the Pennsylvania AppalachiansFormat:PaperbackDimensions:246 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.01 inPublished:October 11, 2011Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:082323052X

ISBN - 13:9780823230525


Editorial Reviews

Sandow deftly references a limited historical record, augmenting often-suspect personal letters and diaries with newspapers, official census and court records, as well as a variety of other state and local government documents, to present a balanced, compelling interpretation of why the geographic, economic, social and political conditions that predominated in Pennsylvania's Appalachian region provided 'fertile ground for Civil War opposition.'