This introductory chapter establishes the relative inattention of historians to Confederate Appalachia and East Tennessee in particular. It explains the attractiveness of Knoxville, Tennessee, as a case study of divided loyalties under military occupation. Most notably, the town split almost literally evenly on the question of secession, was continuously occupied throughout the entire Civil War, became famous among Northerners as a bastion of Unionism within the Confederacy, and left an unusual wealth of evidence that allows the book to pinpoint the sympathies and behavior of more than half the civilian population.
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