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Contested BorderlandThe Civil War in Appalachian Kentucky and Virginia$
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Brian D. McKnight

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813123899

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813123899.001.0001

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Locking the Confederates into Virginia

Locking the Confederates into Virginia

December 1861–June 1862

(p.53) 3 Locking the Confederates into Virginia
Contested Borderland

Brian D. McKnight

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the Battle of Middle Creek, fought in eastern Kentucky on January 10, 1861. During this battle, the Union army was led by future president James A. Garfield, while the Confederate army was led by long-time politician Humphrey Marshall. Garfield successfully led the Union to slow yet systematic Confederate forces from Kentucky, which would ultimately restrict the Southern army to the western wedge of southwestern Virginia.

Keywords:   Middle Creek, James A. Garfield, Humphrey Marshall, eastern Kentucky, Virginia, Union army, Confederate army

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