- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Univ Tennessee Press; 1 edition (November 12, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1572333251
- ISBN-13: 978-1572333253
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Victims: A True Story Of The Civil War 1st Edition
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The people of Shelton Laurel and the Appalachian mountains were simple people. The area was home to related families and most people were very poor farmers. As in many small areas, what family you belong to and their actions affect everything. Paludan explained it best when he said, "juries in county seats could and did ignore the law and evidence to acquit or convict people they liked or disliked, people whose values or whose kin they did or did not respect," (Paludan, 24). The mountain people had a habit of using politics to satisfy personal vengeance. When the Civil War started, "the Unionism of Western North Carolina of which we heard so much during the war...was less a love for the Union than a personal hatred of those who went into the Rebellion. It was not so much an uprising for the government as against a certain ruling class," (Paludan, 62). The Civil War was an opportunity for people to use their new found power to gain personal revenge. People who were pro-confederate tended to be either rich farmers with slaves or "poor whites, profoundly hostile to blacks and most vulnerable to any change in the social and economic structure," (Paludan, 63). Pro-Unionists tended to be people who were poor farmers with no slaves or people who thought succession was treason. The people of the mountains used the "opportunity that the war brought to revenge old debts and to loot, plunder, and terrorize," (Paludan, 77).Read more ›
The western NC mountains were sharply divided between the Union sympathizers and the Confederate supporters and both sides had troublemakers that made everyone's life miserable. No one could be "neutral" or live their life without taking one side of the other. You were forced into the conflict whether you wanted to be or not. Unionists came into the area to recruit and Lincoln even sent money and orders to take out 9 railroads in the mountains. They found many Union sympathizers to help them. In response the Confederates sent in contingents to protect the railroads and protect the loyal Confederates in the area. Both sides met with resistance and were attacked, fired at from snipers, men foreceably conscripted to one side or the other, etc. Both sides had men who abused their power. And the worst of humanity came out. Especially with the Marshall attack and the ensuing Shelton Laurel massacre. The 50 Unionist raiders who raged into Marshall to steal salt, clothing and blankets terrorized some of the population and shot a man. In response the Confederates made a sweep through Shelton Laurel and captured men and boys that they thought were involved. They even tortured women, elderly parents and children in order to get them to tell where their menfolk were. They hanged them by the neck until unconscious, whipped them, left them tied to trees so that they suffered from exposure. Of the 13 that they captured and killed only 5 were participants in the raid in Marshall.
I learned some things but I would have liked to learn more about the individuals that were killed.Read more ›
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I needed this book for a class and it was cheeper here than anywhere else. A good read for a good price.Published on December 10, 2012 by Joe Tijerina
Victims does give a very accurate and sometimes interesting description of the Shelton Laurel massacre but it does it in a dry and uninteresting way that makes it not enjoyable at... Read morePublished on September 5, 2008 by Evan Jones