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Lincolnites and Rebels: A Divided Town in the American Civil War

Robert Tracy McKenzie


This is the story of a bitterly divided Southern community during the American Civil War. Knoxville was the commercial center of East Tennessee, a prosperous mixed-farming area little reliant on slavery. Although the region as a whole was predominantly Unionist in sympathy, Knoxville split right down the middle on the question of secession. After Tennessee seceded, most Knoxville Unionists pursued a low profile, yet the town soon came to be perceived as a stronghold of stalwart Unionism, thanks to a handful who openly denounced the Confederacy. Chief among these was William G. Brownlow, editor ... More

Keywords: Battle of Fort Sanders, William G. Brownlow, Confederacy, emancipation, Andrew Johnson, Knoxville, Tennessee, slavery, Southern Unionism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195182941
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182941.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Tracy McKenzie, author
University of Washington