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Kentucky ConfederatesSecession, Civil War, and the Jackson Purchase$
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Berry Craig

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813146928

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813146928.001.0001

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The Battle of Paducah

The Battle of Paducah

(p.215) 10 The Battle of Paducah
Kentucky Confederates

Berry Craig

University Press of Kentucky

As 1863 waned, so did Rebel fortunes of war. Grant's capture of Vicksburg and Lee's defeat at Gettysburg, occurring simultaneously in July, turned the tide in favor of the Union. Afterward, even the most ardent Confederates—including those in Kentucky's “South Carolina”—must have known all would be lost sooner or later. Yet the Purchase stayed Confederate, its secessionist majority perhaps hoping for a miracle. Forrest's cavalry raided Paducah in March 1864, boosting secessionist spirits. But like Polk's army in 1862, these latter-day “deliverers” also departed, leaving the rebellious citizenry to the ever-present “abolitionist invaders.”

Keywords:   Confederates, Forrest's cavalry, Kentucky's “South Carolina, Paducah, Rebel fortunes of war, Purchase, secessionist majority

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