Catoosa County Residents Meet About Secession

I came across this interesting article while looking into the history of slavery in Catoosa County. The passage, printed by the “Rome Weekly Courier” on December 21, 1860, lists the resolutions adopted by the county in response to the Georgia Secession Convention. I find it interesting that this small Appalachian county recognized the key issue that tore theContinue reading “Catoosa County Residents Meet About Secession”

Slavery and Interstate Commerce in Appalachia

As mentioned before, I am undertaking a new project that involves the study of slavery in Catoosa County. In order to do so, I am building a sturdy base by examining historiography related to slavery in the ‘Deep South’ in comparison to slavery in Appalachia. Today I came across Wilma A. Dunaway’s Women, Work, and FamilyContinue reading “Slavery and Interstate Commerce in Appalachia”

“Any slave found intoxicated in said Village,”

While flipping through Clark’s History in Catoosa County I found an interesting passage about the city of Ringgold’s early laws and ordinances. The General Assembly of Georgia incorporated Ringgold, which was in Walker County at that time, in 1847. This is a few years before the Western and Atlantic Railroad came through so the town had notContinue reading ““Any slave found intoxicated in said Village,””

710: Sorting Through the County Historiography

I finally got the chance to browse through Susie Blaylock McDaniel’s Official History of Catoosa County Georgia, 1853-1953.  Unfortunately, the book is not giving me much insight into the slave history of Catoosa County. Published for the first time in 1957, the book lacks significant scholarship over the last sixty years. What little information is in the book,Continue reading “710: Sorting Through the County Historiography”

710: A New Project

Seven hundred and ten. That is the number of slaves counted in the 1860 Federal Census for Catoosa County (GA). As one can imagine, there have not been too many histories published about this single northwest Georgia county. What little histories there are, make little to no mention about the seven hundred and ten slaves countedContinue reading “710: A New Project”

The Missouri Compromise, 1820

This day in history, Congress passed the Missouri Compromise. This bill allowed the state of Missouri to enter the Union as a slave state but also provided statehood for Maine, which entered as a free state. This preserved the slave vs free state balance of power in Congress. The compromise served to soothe tensions brewing in the countryContinue reading “The Missouri Compromise, 1820”

Abolitionists: The Image of the Bloodhound

Researching articles for my thesis I came across John Campbell’s “The Seminoles, the “Bloodhound War,” and Abolitionism, 1796-1865.”[1] In this, Campbell points out the imagery of the Bloodhound in relation to images used by abolitionists such as the rape of black women, the brutality against slaves and the separation of families. The Bloodhound represent suchContinue reading “Abolitionists: The Image of the Bloodhound”

Stupid Things People Say About the Civil War: Part 2

Well, I must say it was easy to find part two of this series. It literally found me. In the comments section of the last post, Mr/s. Caldwell says: Kinda funny to think that a nation in which slavery was perfectly legal, like the U.S.A, would fight a war to eradicate slavery in a nationContinue reading “Stupid Things People Say About the Civil War: Part 2”