When the Yankees Came: Conflict and Chaos in the Occupied South, 1861-1865 by Ash V. StephenWhen the Yankees Came: Conflict and Chaos in the Occupied South, 1861-1865 by Ash V. Stephen

When the Yankees Came: Conflict and Chaos in the Occupied South, 1861-1865

byAsh V. Stephen

Paperback | August 15, 1999

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Southerners whose communities were invaded by the Union army during the Civil War endured a profoundly painful ordeal. For most, the coming of the Yankees was a nightmare become real; for some, it was the answer to a prayer. But as Stephen Ash argues, for all, invasion and occupation were essential parts of the experience of defeat that helped shape the southern postwar mentality.

"When the Yankees Came" is the first comprehensive study of the occupied South, bringing to light a wealth of new information about the southern home front. Among the intriguing topics Ash explores are guerrilla warfare and other forms of civilian resistance; the evolution of Union occupation policy from leniency to repression; the impact of occupation on families, churches, and local government; and conflicts between southern aristocrats and poor whites. In analyzing these topics, Ash examines events from the perspective not only of southerners but also of the northern invaders, and he shows how the experiences of southerners differed according to their distance from a garrisoned town.

Stephen V. Ash is associate professor of history at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and managing editor of the Journal of East Tennessee History. His books include Middle Tennessee Society Transformed, 1860-1870: War and Peace in the Upper South.
Title:When the Yankees Came: Conflict and Chaos in the Occupied South, 1861-1865Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 8.99 × 6.01 × 0.93 inPublished:August 15, 1999Publisher:Scholarly Book Services Inc.Language:English

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Table of Contents


Preface, ix
Prologue: Spring 1861, 1
1 Citizens and Soldiers: The First Invasions and Early Occupation Policy, 13
2 Rebels and Conquerors: Civilian Resistance and the Transformation of Northern War Aims, 38
3 Three Worlds: The Garrisoned Towns, the Confederate Frontier, and No-Man's-Land, 76
4 Deliverance and Disillusion: The Ordeal of the Unionists, 108
5 To the Red Sea: The Struggle against Black Freedom, 149
6 The Other Jubilee: Plain Folk, Aristocrats, and the Challenge to the Old Order, 170
7 In a Strange Land: Family and Community in the Maelstrom of War, 195
8 No River of Fire: War-weariness and the Collapse of Resistance, 214
Epilogue: Summer 1865, 229
Map Appendix, 237
Notes, 243
Bibliography, 303
Index, 303
A section of illustrations appears following page 130.

From Our Editors

The inevitable consequences of the South`s defeat in the American Civil War included occupation by the Northern armies. Author Stephen V. Ash has provided an interesting look at the effect that the occupation had on families, churches and local governments. When the Yankees Came: Conflict and Chaos in the Occupied South, 1861-1865 also explores the topics of guerrilla warfare and civilian resistance. Whether looking at the citizens who welcomed the invaders or those who despised them, this is an illuminating work of Southern United States` history. 

Editorial Reviews

A very good book that combines extraordinary detail with close analysis of the encounters between Yankee soldiers and Confederate civilians.

"Journal of Southern History"