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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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Yankee Occupation

Yankee Occupation

(p.183) 8 Yankee Occupation
Kentucky Confederates

Berry Craig

University Press of Kentucky

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.

Keywords:   abolitionism, Confederates, Emancipation Proclamation, Kentucky, Lincoln, pro-Confederate majority, Purchase, Union forces, Unionist minority, Western Theater, Yankees

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