Interesting that even though Southern Unionists "won" the war, they still lost anyway. I also observed this. For example, the men of Company L, First Alabama Cavalry USA, were each promised a bounty of $100 for signing up. They never received that from the Union and after the war was over, it was officially determined that these men weren't eligible for the bounty because they were nothing more than refugees. Strange that some of these "refugees" gave their life for the Union.
A couple of different people told me that after the war was over, there waw so much neighbor-to-neighbor animosity in Marion and Winston counties that the war became a forbidden subject--even 60 and 70 years later.
Carl Carmer wrote in his 1930s book "Stars Fell on Alabama" that Winston County was still being paid back for its disloyalty to the Confederacy during the war.
Do you have any "after-the-war" examples of polarization that occurred between neighbors who took different sides?
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