Civil War, Part One

James A. Ramage and Andrea S. Watkins

in Kentucky Rising

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134406
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135977 | DOI:
Civil War, Part One

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Kentucky was the only state that declared neutrality in the Civil War; when neutrality ended, the state endured an inner civil war over the opinions and emotions of the people. Kentuckians wanted to side with Clay's Union ideals, but were still divided on the issue of slavery, thus state legislators declared neutrality. Kentuckians had strong family, cultural, and commercial ties with both the North and South and thus families and friends were divided. Troops from both sides campaigned in Kentucky with intense propaganda. When Confederate troops entered Kentucky, they began issuing proclamations, urging the citizens to side with the Confederacy over the Union, claiming that only then would individuals' civil rights be protected.

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln; Confederacy; Civil War; Simon Bolivar Buckner; proclamation; John Hunt Morgan

Chapter.  7670 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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