The Kentucky Campaign, Cumberland Gap

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:
The Kentucky Campaign, Cumberland Gap

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This chapter examines the role of the Cumberland Gap in the Confederacy's Kentucky campaign aimed at settling the question of who would hold the state. Under the leadership of General Braxton Bragg, the Confederate army was able to occupy the state, and this provided the Provisional Government with an opportunity to claim control of the capital at Frankfort. The capital became the Confederate seat of Kentucky. However, this control did not last for long because the impregnable nature of Cumberland Gap also makes it virtually indefensible for any extended period of time.

Keywords: Kentucky campaign; Confederacy; Cumberland Gap; Braxton Bragg; provisional government; Frankfort

Chapter.  8167 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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