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Contested BorderlandThe Civil War in Appalachian Kentucky and Virginia$
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Brian D. McKnight

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813123899

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813123899.001.0001

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Impending Defeat

Impending Defeat

April—September 1864

(p.188) 10 Impending Defeat
Contested Borderland

Brian D. McKnight

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the impending defeat of the Confederate army during the period from April to September 1864. Though the Confederacy had enjoyed a handful of convincing victories during the preceding six months, it had also been handed several embarrassing defeats. The Confederate soldiers who had fought so hard to maintain some level of control in the Central Appalachian Divide were already stumbling. In addition, while Federal forces had eaten well and received all the weapons and ammunition they could use in the coming campaigns, the situation among the starving and nearly naked Confederates had changed but little.

Keywords:   Confederate army, Union army, Appalachian Divide, Federal forces, soldiers

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