Chapter Five

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:
Chapter Five

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The pathways through Bowling Green led thousands of Union troops to the South's bloody battlefields. Josie and her friends expressed pride in the fine looking troops—a Wisconsin regiment was “more stalwart and healthier looking” than all others—and horror at the fate that awaited many of them in the days to come. However, as regiment after regiment moved through the commonwealth, many residents of the Bluegrass State began to distinguish between Kentucky unionists and those from other states. The destructive nature of the invading armies became associated with troops from north of the Ohio River. A captain from Hopkinsville stationed in Bowling Green and Russellville during most of the Federal occupation compared the invaders and the damage and havoc they created to a five-mile-wide plague of locusts and frequently referred to them as “Yankee rascals.”

Keywords: Bowling Green; Union troops; Wisconsin regiment; Bluegrass State; Kentucky unionists; Hopskinville; Russellville; Federal occupation; Yankee rascals

Chapter.  11240 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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