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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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Recruitment, Training, and Baptism

Recruitment, Training, and Baptism

June–November 1861

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Contested Borderland

Brian D. McKnight

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the recruitment and training of soldiers from the Appalachian region for the American Civil War during the period from June to November 1861. It suggests that during this period Kentucky had refused to follow the lead of the lower South states and leave the Union, and that only the population of southwestern Virginia can be considered as largely Confederate. The chapter also explains that during this period, the northwestern part of the Central Appalachian Divide experienced great political uncertainty and military incursion.

Keywords:   soldiers, Appalachian region, American Civil War, Kentucky, Virginia, political uncertainty, military incursion

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