Contested Borderland: The Civil War in Appalachian Kentucky and Virginia
Brian D. McKnight
On July 25, Brian D. McKnight delivered a Banner Lecture entitled “Contested Borderland: The Civil War in Appalachian Kentucky and Virginia.”
During the four years of the Civil War, the border between eastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia was highly contested territory, alternately occupied by both the Confederacy and the Union. In Contested Borderland, Brian McKnight examines the features of the region’s geography and the influence of the attacks on borderlands caught in the crossfire of opposing forces. He reveals how the dual occupation of the Union and Confederate armies divided the borderland population, creating hostilities within the region that would persist long after the war’s conclusion.
Professor McKnight teaches history at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.