NY Times Disunion is an excellent series on the coinflict.
Part of the Confederate detachment that murdered the 13 people of Shelton Laurel Massacre. Cherokee attachment.
My grandfather always said that when his father was a young man in Salina Kansas the he rode with Quantrill several times.
I'm going to pull it out tonight and see if anything was lifted verbatim.
I read somewher that Lt. Col. Keith went to the jail in Waynesville, opened the cells, and got the prisoners to ride with him, then burned it down.
I did a non-thesis graduate program where I did an independent study of the Civil War in the Appalachian region. A fine mess- most people in the mountains supported the Union, and there was warfare among those who did and did not, with the Confederate government attempting to enforce its will with only limited success; and on top of that, lawless individuals taking opportunity to kill and plunder. A lot of folks who fly a Rebel flag in their yard or on their truck have no idea their ancestors might not have done so....
Just for balance I would like to see them post something about the atrocities the Yankees did to Southerners, showing their flag like when they flew it on the slave ships.
A trend we’ll likely see if things don’t get sorted out soon.
Happy Rain: "My paternal great grandaddy rode with Bedford Forest"
ought-six: "Mine, too..."
Tupelo: "Well, well well. That makes three of us. Only it was my maternal Great Grandfather...."
First of all, I have seen the historical marker at the intersection of NC 208 and 218.
Some of my relatives there, and their neighbors, have family connections to the victims.
Even to this day they are not so friendly to outsiders. ;-)
For those whose ancestors rode with Nathan Bedford Forest, one of my great-grandfathers fought against him -- on the losing side in October 1862, at Rutherford Station, Mobile & Ohio Railroad (northwest of Memphis, Tennessee), on the winning side in July 1864, at Tupelo, Mississippi.
I have the greatest personal respect for Forest, precisely because, when he had the opportunity, he did not do to my ancestor's unit as Keith did in North Carolina.
Indeed, I believe Forest's good behavior at Rutherford Station was returned in July 1864, at the battle of Tupelo, when Forest reconnoitering, rode right through a Union unit at night (much like Stonewall Jackson), but Forest escaped unharmed.
One good turn deserved another, I think.
And the key point to remember is that Forest's behavior was more the rule, Keith's the rare exception.