By Thurman Sensing
This impressive tale of bloody guerilla battle alongside the Kentucky-Tennessee border offers a story and a protagonist designated within the annals of the Civil War.When the Civil struggle begun in 1861, the lads of the Cumberland Mountain districts selected facets and pursued a personal struggle with one another. the main notorious in their quantity was once Champ Ferguson. during this vintage examine, Thurman Sensing presents the single to be had book-length account of Ferguson's brutal deeds, his catch, his trial, his execution on the finish of the conflict, and the mythical ruse wherein he allegedly escaped putting. lengthy considered as a collector's merchandise through Civil warfare buffs, the reappearance of this publication in a paperback version could be welcomed by means of many.
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The others closed on me, and I had to run for dear life. I jumped several fences in crossing fields and left them far behind me. I never knew how fast I could run until that time, but a man can make a big race when his life is at stake. I ran into a house, and got upstairs. I found a heavy, old-fashioned bed wrench, and stood waiting for the next attack. ' at the same time searching for me. ' A dispute then arose about who would take the lead in ascending the stairs to take me. After a great deal Page 6 of blustering and cursing, every one of them backed out.
Duke, of the Confederate Army, on February 24, 1865: Page 14 General: Your information that I propose to hold your command responsible for the murder of negro soldiers under my command at Saltville in October, 1864, is incorrect. I have ascertained what troops are responsible for the outrages referred to, and should an opportunity occur I shall hold them to a strict accountability. The murder of Lieutenant Smith at Emory and Henry Hospital by Champ Ferguson was one of the most diabolical acts committed during the War, and I am surprised at its being passed over without notice by Confederate authorities.
Such was the state of affairs long be- Page X fore the War started and these feuds were to linger long after the War had ended. The War simply gave the factions concerned a military cloak under which to conceal their private struggles. Guerilla warfare was nothing new to the people of the Cumberland Mountains. Their forebears had been trained to such fighting by Indian warfare and had continued the custom in their personal feuds. It was only natural that this would be the accepted method of battle in this region during the War Between the States.
Champ Ferguson: Confederate Guerilla by Thurman Sensing