Civil War in White County, Tennessee


by Betty Jane Dudney



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/8/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 60
ISBN : 9781481776882
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 60
ISBN : 9781481776875

About the Book

Drawing on official military reports and personal diaries, the author paints a vivid portrait of the Civil War in White County, Tennessee. Although no major battles were fought there, the unrelenting guerilla warfare and true civil war among neighbors had an enormous impact on its people. White County produced several memorable figures during the war. Confederate General George Dibrell and his famous 8th Tennessee Cavalry served first with General Nathan Bedford Forrest and then General Joseph Wheeler. Champ Ferguson emerged as the area’s most notorious Confederate guerilla during the conflict. Through her journal, White County teacher Amanda McDowell described the cruel reality of daily life in the region. The narrative conveys the special character of the war in White County, while providing excellent context regarding the military and political developments in Tennessee. The author explores how the stubborn individualism of the mountain people is critical to understanding both their political decisions and subsequent events during the war. The divided sympathies of this border county and the resulting distrust among families and neighbors exacted a terrible toll that could not be measured in numbers of casualties.

About the Author

Betty Jane “Janey” Dudney is a retired adjunct history instructor at Tennessee Tech University. She obtained her BA in English with high honors from Tennessee Tech before raising two children. She later returned to TTU and earned MA degrees in English and History, teaching both at her alma mater for several years. The great, great granddaughter of General George Dibrell, Janey was inspired to complete this work as her Master’s thesis in History in 1985. She and her husband Morgan, a retired physician, live in the Free State community of Jackson County, Tennessee.