B.A. East Tennesee State University M.A. East Tennessee State University
Melanie Storie is a two-time graduate from East Tennessee State University. She received
her Bachelor of Science degree in history with certification in secondary education
in 1991. Then in 1994 she graduated with a Master of Arts degree in history. She developed
some of the first online U.S. History courses for the department and continues to
teach both online and face-to-face classes. While she enjoys researching, writing,
and teaching about many historical topics, her main research interest centers on 19th
century U.S. History with special emphasis on the American Civil War.
The Dreaded 13th Tennessee Union Cavalry: Marauding Mountain Men
Tennessee's Thirteenth Union Cavalry was a unit composed mostly of amateur soldiers
that eventually turned undisciplined boys into seasoned fighters. At the outbreak
of the Civil War, East Tennessee was torn between its Unionist tendencies and the
surrounding Confederacy. The result was the persecution of the "home Yankees" by Confederate
sympathizers. Rather than quelling Unionist fervor, this oppression helped East Tennessee
contribute an estimated thirty thousand troops to the North. Some of those troops
joined the "Loyal Thirteenth" in Stoneman's raid and in pursuit of Confederate president
Jefferson Davis. Join author Melanie Storie as she recounts the harrowing narrative
of an often-overlooked piece of Civil War history.
"Deconstructing the Myth: The 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry and the Death of General
John Hunt Morgan" The Journal of East Tennessee History 82, (2010):100-119.