“Grudges and Loyalties Die so Slowly”

Robert M. Sandow

in Reconstructing Appalachia

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125817
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135533 | DOI:
“Grudges and Loyalties Die so Slowly”

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The mountaineer Joseph Lansberry mortally shot a government official before escaping arrest with the help of his community. The Northern Appalachian experience was not a mirror of wartime life in mountain communities below the Mason–Dixon line. Rural Northerners in the mountains of Pennsylvania, just as counterparts in the Confederacy, experienced the war from the vantage points of their homes and communities. Wartime actions led to contested memories and legacies of the conflict among the bitterly—sometimes violently—divided communities of the Pennsylvania mountains, linking attitudes and developments from the antebellum age to the fractious period of Reconstruction.

Keywords: Joseph Lansberry; Mason–Dixon; Pennsylvania; legacies; antebellum

Chapter.  10041 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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