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To the Military I Submitted Myself

John M. Porter

in One of Morgan’s Men

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780813129891
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135700 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813129891.003.0003
To the Military I Submitted Myself

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After Abraham Lincoln was elected in November 1860, Kentucky fell into chaos and John M. Porter was one of those who became involved in the political uproar. Although Butler, his home county, was divided, most of the people sided with those who were pro-Union. However, Porter and most of those in his family who resided in Sugar Grove were found to be pro-Southern. During the secession crisis' peak, Beriah Magoffin—Kentucky's pro-Southern governor—moved that the state legislature meet to consider the notion of Kentucky joining the other Southern states that veered away from the Union. When Fort Sumter fell, Lincoln called for 75,000 troops to “suppress the rebellion.” After Kentucky's neutrality was declared on May 20, 1861, Tennessee also withdrew from the Union and began to arm its border with Kentucky.

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln; Beriah Magoffin; Sugar Grove; Fort Sumter; rebellion; Union; Southern states; Kentucky

Chapter.  3076 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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