I know many young men and even whole families from East Tennessee who had Unionist loyalties went into hiding or headed for other states once the war was underway. I'm wondering if there's evidence that any significant number of East TN residents headed for cover BEFORE the war started, even as early as mid-1860.
The reason I ask is that I'm looking for the location of my ggg-g'father, Daniel BRIGHT, in the 1860 census for Knox County, TN, where his family had steadily lived for decades. Daniel was about 20 in 1860. He later joined the 1st TN Infantry and died in Somerset, KY in 1861 or 1862. Daniel's birth family is in their same old place in 1860, along with a bunch of relatives living nearby...but I can't find Daniel ANYWHERE in 1860, nor can I definitively find his new wife, Cynthia/Sintha/Cyntha BRIGHT, whom he married in Knox County on 1 Dec 1859. There is one Cynthia BRIGHT, of the correct age, listed in Lincoln County, TN, with a James BRIGHT family who may have been relatives of Daniel's - but I can't be sure she's "my" Cynthia. So I'm just trying to get a handle on whether this young couple might have bugged out of Knox County in 1860 because the situation there was already getting tense. Any thoughts?
Thanks to all posters for the myriad of great information and discussion. - Diane Wuesthoff