January 1, 1862, marked less than a happy New Year for most of Paducah's citizenry. The Yankees had been in their midst for almost five months. It seemed less and less likely that the Rebels would rescue them from the “abolitionist invaders.” Yet it soon went from bad to worse for the secessionist majority in the Purchase—and minority in the rest of the Kentucky. Confederate sympathizers were branded as disloyal by their own state government and denied the vote, jailed, or otherwise punished. Even so, most Purchase secessionists remained resolutely Rebel, smuggling supplies to the Confederates, spying for the southern side, and still hoping for the return of the army in gray.
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