After driving the Confederates out of Kentucky, Union forces seemed unstoppable in the Western Theater of the war. As the Yankees pushed the enemy ever southward, Purchase hopes for a Confederate reconquest of the region dimmed even more. With Union troops to protect them, the Unionist minority asserted itself. But it was a conservative Unionist group. Almost all of them favored the preservation of the Union with slavery. Though they detested the region's pro-Confederate majority, almost every Purchase Unionist shared the secessionists’ disdain for abolitionism, Lincoln, and his Emancipation Proclamation.
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