Slavery in the Clover Bottoms: John McCline's narrative of his life during slavery and the Civil War

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University of Tennessee Press,
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Born into slavery on a Tennessee plantation, John McCline escaped from bondage, worked for the Union Army in the Civil War, and eventually found a new life in the American West. Slavery in the Clover Bottoms is his own story, recollected in later years, of his life as a slave and as a free man. McCline's memoirs, completed in the 1920s and now published for the first time, vividly describe the James Hoggatt plantation in Davidson County: the work and routine of slaves; their religious, family, and social life; the behavior of the overseers; and the atmosphere of violence under Mrs. Hoggatt's omnipresent whip. McCline tells of how he worked with livestock, a boy doing a man's job, until he ran away with the Thirteenth Infantry of Michigan late in 1862, when he was little more than ten years old. For the next two-and-a-half years, young John worked as a teamster and officers' servant, and during that time he witnessed some of the Civil War's most famous battles - such as Murfreesboro, Chickamauga Creek, and Lookout Mountain - as well as Sherman's march through Georgia. Slavery in the Clover Bottoms joins an important body of newly published slave narratives. Its compelling story spans a continent and tells us much about relationships between the races in the middle and late nineteenth century.
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subject_facet African American soldiers -- Biography
McCline, John, -- 1852-1948 -- Childhood and youth
Nashville Region (Tenn.) -- Biography
Plantation life -- Tennessee -- Nashville Region -- History -- 19th century
Slaves -- Tennessee -- Nashville Region -- Biography
Soldiers -- United States -- Biography
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title_display Slavery in the Clover Bottoms : John McCline's narrative of his life during slavery and the Civil War
title_full Slavery in the Clover Bottoms : John McCline's narrative of his life during slavery and the Civil War / edited by Jan Furman
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title_sub John McCline's narrative of his life during slavery and the Civil War
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McCline, John
Plantation life