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Melanie Storie

JOHNSON CITY (Oct. 24, 2013) – The history of a volunteer Union cavalry regiment formed in Northeast Tennessee during the Civil War is the focus of a new book authored by an East Tennessee State University historian. 

“The Dreaded Thirteenth Tennessee Union Cavalry: Marauding Mountain Men” was written by Melanie Storie, a lecturer in the ETSU College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of History, and published by The History Press.

When the Civil War started, the people of East Tennessee were divided between the Union and the Confederacy.  However, according to Storie, the persecution of “home Yankees” by Confederate sympathizers, rather than taming pro-Union sentiment, served as a catalyst for the region’s contribution of approximately 30,000 troops to the North.

Among the units they joined was the Thirteenth Union Cavalry of Tennessee, which was “composed mostly of amateur soldiers” but “eventually turned undisciplined boys into seasoned fighters,” Storie said.  The “Loyal Thirteenth” ultimately took part in Stoneman’s Raid, the 1865 march of around 4,000 Union cavalrymen that began in Knoxville and left a wide path of destruction through North Carolina and Virginia under the leadership of Maj. Gen. George Stoneman.

Storie, a scholar and teacher of American history for more than 20 years, holds a master’s degree in history from ETSU.  While she enjoys researching, writing and teaching about many historical topics, her main research interest centers on 19th century U.S. history, with a special emphasis on the American Civil War.  She lives in Elizabethton with her husband and two children.

Storie will sign copies of her book this Saturday, Oct. 26, from 1-3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 3030 Franklin Terrace Drive.  Another book-signing is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St.