The Eyes of Midnight

A Time of Terror in East Tennessee

by Robert Wilson & With Richard Way



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/5/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 154
ISBN : 9781480825932
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 154
ISBN : 9781480825949

About the Book

More than 120 years after the White Caps terrorized Sevier County in East Tennessee, longtime residents still won’t talk about the lawless band of vigilantes.

But veteran journalist Robert Wilson shines a spotlight on the group with this detailed history. Relying on a primary source--The White Caps: A History of the Organization in Sevier County, distributed in 1899 by the publisher of the City Directory of Knoxville--as well as his own research, he presents the most complete account to date of why the White Caps were so feared.

Wilson has retrieved details from multiple sources and uncovered shocking details about the dark, faceless members who would disguise themselves with a full-body covering of white fabric with holes cut for the eyes.

Though the description may summon images of the Ku Klux Klan, the White Caps focused their wrath on what they perceived as immoral behavior--although some of their activity targeted blacks and Jews, among others.

However, what started out as a fairly mild enforcement of Victorian values in an isolated, God-fearing community became much, much more. Find out how far the group went in The Eyes of Midnight.

About the Author

Robert Wilson has more than four decades of experience as a journalist, which gave him the wherewithal to take a fresh approach in sharing the story of the White Caps, which terrorized East Tennessee in the 1890s.