The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832

It’s not a new release (in fact it won a Pulitizer Prize for history in 2014), but I was just reminded of Alan Taylor’s The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 when someone mentioned it on a Facebook group for Amherst County, Virginia, genealogy and history and indicated that there were passing references to the county in it. Since some of my Virginia families were living in Amherst County during the time period covered, I decided that was one more reason to obtain a used copy on

I’m not expecting it to mention my people, but additional historical reference is always a good thing.

I know this book’s been out awhile, but sometimes life and other things cause items to totally bypass our line of sight. Reading this may give me the impetus to start work again on my families who lived in the Amherst County area beginning in the 1760s.


4 thoughts on “The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832

  1. Most of my reading has to do with my ancestors, with areas and times where they lived, or where I hope I might learn something about ancestors who have not yet been found. I have learned so much through these books. Studying history and genealogy has enlightened me and enlarged my mind, and sometimes, entertained me. I’m currently reading “Trans-Allegheny Pioneers”, which was written in 1886, and picking up a lot of details even though I’ve not spotted a family member yet.

  2. After you have had time to read this book, would you please post your thoughts about it. I had ancestors in Amherst County back in the colonial days. Thanks, Kat.

      • No Rucker, Tinsley, or Sledd connections; Sorry, we don’t appear to be related. Rev. Ichabod Camp and son Samuel are my ancestors. Samuel married Mary Banks in Amherst County –saw the original marriage (1776) record which was kept in an ordinary cabinet in the court house. Ichabod was the only minister to occupy the Glebe house at Clifford. He left Amherst County in 1778 for the Natchez country, but soon went up the Mississippi to Kaskaskia to minister to the Indians. He was killed there by a drunken son-in-law. Samuel and Mary migrated to Georgia. The rest of his family moved to the St. Louis area.
        I’m sure our ancestors knew each other.

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