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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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Politics, Pirates, and More Purchase Perfidy

Politics, Pirates, and More Purchase Perfidy

(p.111) 5 Politics, Pirates, and More Purchase Perfidy
Kentucky Confederates

Berry Craig

University Press of Kentucky

The Purchase stayed stuck in the status quo as summer wore on. The Yankees were still at Cairo; the Rebels were in West Tennessee. Kentucky was officially off-limits to both sides. But perceived military necessity soon trumped political considerations. The Confederates seized Hickman and Columbus, and Union forces captured Paducah and Smithland. Thus, the Bluegrass State's precarious if ultimately untenable neutrality ended in the Purchase.

Keywords:   Cairo, Columbus, Confederate forces, Kentucky, neutrality, Paducah, Purchase, Rebels, Tennessee, Smithland, Yankees

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