|About the Book|
This book illuminates the historical facts and circumstances of the women and families left behind when more than a generation of men left their homes and farms along the Tennessee River to join the Confederacy. The story of the Cunnyngham familyMoreThis book illuminates the historical facts and circumstances of the women and families left behind when more than a generation of men left their homes and farms along the Tennessee River to join the Confederacy. The story of the Cunnyngham family reveals the difficulties and hardships faced by many families struggling to survive the war and occupation by the Union Army. With the two oldest sons serving in the Confederacy, the oldest daughter, Isabel, became involved with friends, cousins, and other young women from the area around the town of Washington in Rhea County, Tennessee. They formed a Confederate company of young women. The Spartan’s activities were more social and supportive in the beginning then turned clandestine when the Union Army began occupation of the Tennessee River Valley. Their brave acts of resistance resulted in many of the Spartans being arrested and taken to Union Headquarters in Chattanooga to face an uncertain future. This is a story of love, commitment, sacrifice, love lost, and young women placed in terrible jeopardy by compelling circumstances during America’s greatest period of conflict. This book provides the reader with an insight into the Civil War’s effect on women from a Southern perspective.After a long career as a Judge, the retired Author moved to Tennessee where he could research his Mother’s family stories set in Rhea County, Tennessee during the Civil War era. For more than a century, the Cunnyngham family owned and operated a farm along the Tennessee River north of Chattanooga near the town of Washington in Rhea County. Compelling facts were discovered about the Cunnyngham family and the people of Rhea County during the Civil War. These facts, along with family stories heard as a child, formed the basis of the Author’s effort to preserve the stories and to bring history to life.