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Kentucky RisingDemocracy, Slavery, and Culture from the Early Republic to the Civil War$
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James A. Ramage

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813134406

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813134406.001.0001

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Civil War, Part Three

Civil War, Part Three

Lincoln's War on Slavery

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Kentucky Rising

James A. Ramage

Andrea S. Watkins

University Press of Kentucky

Guerrilla warfare was breaking out among the mountain regions of Kentucky because there was virtually no regulating force available. General Burbridge was appointed to win the war against the guerrillas, however, among the farmers and laborers and women and children of the state, Burbridge's retaliatory executions seemed tyrannical and unjust. In losing the respect of Kentuckians, Burbridge also lost the presidential election for Lincoln in the state. But by 1865, Lincoln had succeeded in freeing Kentucky slaves to the point that slavery was practically dead in the state. He had successfully recruited many of Kentucky's African Americans into the Union army. Many Kentuckians were upset when the Emancipation Proclamation was finally issued, feeling betrayed. When the Civil War finally ended, Kentucky was a broken state. It lost many citizens, farm products declined, and the lack of law and order devastated society. Schools lost enrolment and theatres, literary societies, and local government disappeared.

Keywords:   slavery, emancipation, Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Burbridge, Thomas Bramlette, election, Civil War

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