Southern History

The Civil War in Bradley County

After the election of Abraham Lincoln in November of 1860, the discontented South began to draw up plans of secession. South Carolina, followed by Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas, seceded from the Union and formed the Confederated States of America in February of 1861. 

Tennessean voters, under mounting pressure to choose an allegiance, were asked whether to hold a convention to discuss the possibility of secession, to which they responded with a resounding “no convention.” However, after a campaign promoting the idea of secession, Tennesseean politicians forced a secession vote through on June 1, 1861.

Black History in the Ocoee Region

The first Africans were brought to America in 1619 as indentured servants, which meant they served an amount of time as slaves to pay off their crossing and were released after settling their debt. Unlike indentured servants from Europe, they didn’t enter into this agreement willingly. However, in 1641, the American colonies began to legalize slavery, beginning in Massachusetts, and a racially-based system of slavery was instituted. This was based on the system already in place in the West Indies.

Bradley County in the Revolutionary War

The Revolutionary War was a culmination of mounting tensions between Great Britain and the American colonies. A climate of rebellion stirred in the colonies after a number of British actions stifled their autonomy. One of the first laws imposed on the colonies was the Quartering Act, requiring citizens to open their homes to soldiers. Soon after, the Stamp Tax Act was levied on a number of documents, meaning many printed materials were taxed without the consent of the colonial legislature. A responsive cry rang out through the colonies: “no taxation without representation!”

Ghosts of Bradley County, Tennessee

Every corner of the world has its own ghost stories. Ours is no exception. Some stories disappear with the sands of time. Others linger on, haunting future generations. Without further adieu, here are some of the most famous ghosts of Bradley County, Tennessee.

The Southern Emblem: The Confederate Flag

The Confederate Flag has been a point of contention in recent years. Some claim it’s a symbol of racism. Or a symbol of Anti-Americanism as it represents the secession from the Union. Others claim it is a symbol of Southern heritage and pride. I’m not going to argue in favor of one side or the other, since this is a history blog. But I am going to explore its origins. Even among its most vehement defenders, the history of the Battle Flag seems to be an area of only vague understanding.