the Back Cover --
In the Guide, Mr.
Jacobs explained Montgomery County's experiences in the Civil War,
organized by towns and place names. Fully revealing his keen interest in
military history and his empathy with the Confederacy, he left others to
plot Union strategy, quote pro-Union newspapers, or to locate graves of
Federal soldiers in local cemeteries. While enjoying the fact that
Montgomery Countians only cast 50 votes for Abraham Lincoln in 1860, he
carefully reported instances of cooperation between neighbors who needed
assistance during difficult times or in staking claims for property
damage after the war. In 1996, Mr. Jacobs revised, and the Historical
Society reprinted, the original publication.
New appreciation of Montgomery
County's roles in the Civil War
has emerged since 1996. Today,
building on the work of Mr. Jacobs and subsequent scholars, we
understand that our County represents so much more than simply the land,
roads, and river over which opposing armies passed during 1861-1865.
Montgomery County was the venue for debate and decision, the division
between North and South, the crucial Middle Ground, holding a major
strategic position as the gateway to the Union Capital. Each of the
three times Confederates invaded Union territory, parts of their forces
marched or rode through Montgomery County.