On the lands bordering the civil boundaries of Kentucky and Tennessee, geographically fixed on the Highland Rim of the Cumberland mountains, the surrounding lands of the Wolf and Obey Rivers became a political boundary between the Union and the Confederacy. No home or farm was safe from these hungry and marauding bands.

This is a story of their families and descendants through the Reconstruction of the Union. The war between the states strongly affected the people of these rural mountains. Society as the people knew it disappeared and mere survival became the primary concern. The choices of which side were never clear. Many men changed sides during the conflict. Nowhere in America was the phrase “Brother against Brother” more strongly felt...

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The Borderlands Foundation
P.O. Box 118
Byrdstown, TN 38549

CUpdated November 19, 2010
The Borderlands Foundation