The Civil War and Yadkin County, North Carolina

A History, with Contemporary Photographs and Letters; New Evidence Regarding Home Guard Activity and the Shootout at the Bond School House; a Roster of Militia Officers; the Names of Yadkin Men at Appomattox; and 1200 Confederate Army and Navy Service Records with Parents, Vital Dates, and Place of Burial for Most


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About the Book

Located in the western piedmont of North Carolina, Yadkin County was hardly a hotbed of rebellion at the start of the Civil War. Many of the 1,200 men from Yadkin who served in the Confederate Army did so with distinction, but a number deserted. Some of these holed up in the Bond School House, and when the militia attempted to arrest them, four were killed and several others were wounded. This is a comprehensive accounting of how the county responded to the Civil War and the effect it had on Yadkin’s citizens, civilian and military alike.

About the Author(s)

The late Frances H. Casstevens wrote frequently about the American Civil War and North Carolina history. She was retired from Wake Forest University and lived in Yadkinville, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Frances H. Casstevens
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 304
Bibliographic Info: photos, tables, notes, bibliography, appendices, index
Copyright Date: 2005 [1997]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2444-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0403-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi
Preface      1
Introduction      5

1. The Influences of Geography, Politics, Economics and Religion on War Sentiment in Yadkin County      9
2. Yadkin Men on the Battlefield      27
3. On the Home Front: Civilian Life      61
4. “Conditions Are Deplorable in Yadkin”: Militia and Home Guard Activity      71
5. The Counter Rebellion—The Bond School House Affair      85
6. The Yankeee Invasion—Stoneman’s Raid      97
7. The Aftermath—Results of the War on Life in Yadkin County      105

Epilogue      125
Appendices      127
Bibliography      287
Index of Names      293

Book Reviews & Awards

  • Winner, Willie Parker Peace Award—North Carolina Society of Historians
  • “a labor of love…uncomplicated and straightforward”—North & South
  • “nicely published…features some striking photographs…well written, well organized, and ably researched”—The Civil War News
  • “comprehensive…excellent…a must”—The Civil War Courier
  • “an account of how Yadkin County responded to the Civil War and the effect it had on the county’s citizens”—Carolina Country
  • “interesting…the scope of Casstevens’ study is extensive”—The North Carolina Historical Review
  • “valuable resources for understanding the deeply personal nature and significant consequences of the Civil War as experienced by the citizens of Yadkin County”—The Journal of Southern History