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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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The Kentucky Campaign, Cumberland Gap

The Kentucky Campaign, Cumberland Gap

July–October 1862

(p.71) 4 The Kentucky Campaign, Cumberland Gap
Contested Borderland

Brian D. McKnight

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the role of the Cumberland Gap in the Confederacy's Kentucky campaign aimed at settling the question of who would hold the state. Under the leadership of General Braxton Bragg, the Confederate army was able to occupy the state, and this provided the Provisional Government with an opportunity to claim control of the capital at Frankfort. The capital became the Confederate seat of Kentucky. However, this control did not last for long because the impregnable nature of Cumberland Gap also makes it virtually indefensible for any extended period of time.

Keywords:   Kentucky campaign, Confederacy, Cumberland Gap, Braxton Bragg, provisional government, Frankfort

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