Chapter Four

Nancy Disher Baird

in Josie Underwood's Civil War Diary

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125312
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135151 | DOI:
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This chapter reports that a provisional convention composed of 115 delegates from 68 of Kentucky's 110 counties convened at Russellville and proclaimed Bowling Green the Confederate Capital of Kentucky, in late November 1861. The convention also selected George W. Johnson of Scott County as the Confederate governor of Kentucky and named William Preston, William C. Simms, and Henry Burnett as commissioners to the Confederate Congress. Moreover, John Burnam of Bowling Green was named as treasurer for the state's Confederate government. Johnson and his council moved to Bowling Green and the governor established his headquarters in the home of Col. John Grider. The southern sympathizers gained confidence and a few Unionists apparently felt their wrath with the town firmly under Confederate control.

Keywords: provisional convention; Russellville; Bowling Green; Confederate Capital; George W. Johnson; William Preston; William C. Simms; Henry Burnett; John Burnam; John Grider

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Subjects: History of the Americas

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