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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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Flag Snatching and Gun Grabbing

Flag Snatching and Gun Grabbing

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(p.93) 4 Flag Snatching and Gun Grabbing
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Kentucky Confederates
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Berry Craig

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813146928.003.0004

The Purchase, squeezed between a Union army at Cairo, Illinois, and Confederate forces just below the border in Tennessee, looked like the place where neutrality was most likely to be violated. Both sides coveted Columbus, where the local secessionist majority feared the Yankees might beat the Rebels to town, especially after they captured the town flag. The Purchase voted to send secessionist Henry C. Burnett to the federal Congress while several Purchase men went the other way—to the Confederate army in Tennessee—and took stolen state arms with them.

Keywords:   Burnett, Cairo, Columbus, Confederate forces, Purchase, Rebels, secessionist majority, stolen state arms, Tennessee, flag, Yankees

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