By Brian D. McKnight
The 15th and 16th states to affix the us of the US, Kentucky and Tennessee have been lower from a typical cloth―the wealthy zone of the Ohio River Valley. Abounding with mountainous areas and fertile farmlands, those slaveholding states have been as heavily tied to each other, either culturally and economically, as they have been to the remainder of the South. but while the Civil conflict erupted, Tennessee selected to secede whereas Kentucky remained a part of the Union. The citizens of Kentucky and Tennessee felt the complete effect of the battling as warring armies crossed backward and forward throughout their borders. as a result of Kentucky's strategic place, either the Union and the Confederacy sought to regulate it in the course of the struggle, whereas Tennessee was once moment simply to Virginia within the variety of battles fought on its soil. also, loyalties in each one kingdom have been heavily divided among the Union and the Confederacy, making wartime governance―and own relationships―complex. In Sister States, Enemy States: The Civil warfare in Kentucky and Tennessee, editors Kent T. buck, Larry H. Whiteaker, and W. Calvin Dickinson discover how the struggle affected those an important states, and the way they helped swap the process the warfare. Essays by means of in demand Civil battle historians, together with Benjamin Franklin Cooling, Marion Lucas, Tracy McKenzie, and Kenneth Noe, upload new intensity to elements of the battle now not addressed somewhere else. the gathering opens by means of recounting each one state's debate over secession, detailing the divided loyalties in every one in addition to the overt clash that simmered in East Tennessee. The editors additionally highlight the war's missed contributors, together with universal infantrymen, ladies, refugees, African American infantrymen, and guerrilla warring parties. The e-book concludes through studying the problems those states skilled in placing the warfare at the back of them. The tales of Kentucky and Tennessee are an essential component of the bigger narrative of the Civil battle. Sister States, Enemy States deals clean insights into the fight that left an enduring mark on Kentuckians and Tennesseans, simply because it left its mark at the country.