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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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“Abolition Invaders” and Rebel Deliverers

“Abolition Invaders” and Rebel Deliverers

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(p.135) 6 “Abolition Invaders” and Rebel Deliverers
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Kentucky Confederates
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Berry Craig

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813146928.003.0006

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” are the oft-quoted words that begin A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens's famous novel set in London and Paris during the French Revolution. The prose might also apply to the Jackson Purchase in September 1861. It was the best of times for most citizens of Hickman and Columbus and other Rebel-run territory in the region. They were overjoyed with the advent of soldiers they saw as their salvation from the “abolitionist” army at Cairo. On the other hand, the secessionist majority in Paducah and its environs endured what they lamented as their worst of times, with the arrival of Grant and his troops.

Keywords:   “abolitionist army, Cairo, Columbus, Hickman, Jackson Purchase, Paducah, secessionist majority

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