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Recruitment, Training, and Baptism

Brian D. McKnight

in Contested Borderland

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780813123899
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134895 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813123899.003.0003
Recruitment, Training, and Baptism

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This chapter examines the recruitment and training of soldiers from the Appalachian region for the American Civil War during the period from June to November 1861. It suggests that during this period Kentucky had refused to follow the lead of the lower South states and leave the Union, and that only the population of southwestern Virginia can be considered as largely Confederate. The chapter also explains that during this period, the northwestern part of the Central Appalachian Divide experienced great political uncertainty and military incursion.

Keywords: soldiers; Appalachian region; American Civil War; Kentucky; Virginia; political uncertainty; military incursion

Chapter.  9697 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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