Civil War in Georgia

Civil War in Georgia

The bloody drama of the Civil War did not unfold in Northeast Georgia as it did in other parts of the south and in other parts of Georgia. In this part of the state there were pro-Union Southerners, there were mountain families concerned more with just daily survival rather than supporting the Southern war effort, and there was even a bloodless 'battle' fought between home guard troops and imaginary Yankee cavalry.

Battle of Atlanta, Georgia




Battle of Atlanta, Georgia


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The Civil War of Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone with the Wind', was fought from Chattanooga, the state railroad, the Western and Atlantic Railroad, down to Atlanta, and then down to Savannah on Union General William T. Sherman's March to the Sea.

Atlanta, GA, Sherman's Men Tearing Up Railroad, Civil War




Atlanta, GA, Sherman's Men Tearing Up Railroad, Civil War


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In Northeast Georgia's mountainous region the terrain did not lend itself well to military operations and there was no railroad until several years after the war in the 1870's.

Savannah, GA, Soldiers Graveyard, Civil War




Savannah, GA, Soldiers Graveyard, Civil War


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Glen Kyle, Managing Director of the Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University in Gainesville, says a different kind of conflict occurred in the hills, valleys, scattered settlements and farms in this part of the state.

It was a different conflict largely because of the independence of the Scotch Irish who settled in the area, he said.

"There wasn't a unified sense of nationhood for the Confederacy like there was in other parts of the South," according to Kyle. "Here in the mountainous area there was a very individualistic life style."

That life style set the stage for incidents in which the mountain folk actually fired upon Confederate authorities seeking men to fight in their armies after the Confederacy established the first military draft in American history.

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