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UnReconstructed Appalachia

T. R. C. Hutton

in Reconstructing Appalachia

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125817
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135533 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125817.003.0004
UnReconstructed Appalachia

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An interracial gang of 16 men rode into the small country seat of Jackson, Kentucky, and forcibly took possession of the court house. They were led by William Strong, a local farmer who had been one of eastern Kentucky's most influential Unionists during the Civil War, thereby securing a reputation for theft and terrorism against civilians. Strong's war had primarily been fought in his home territory, a sparsely populated mountain county that, unlike many others in eastern Kentucky, had maintained a staunch pro-Confederate majority. By the 1870s the Democrats who had moved the county in a pro-Confederate direction had regained control.

Keywords: Kentucky; reputation; terrorism; cavalry; Democrats

Chapter.  14762 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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