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Contested Borderland: The Civil War in Appalachian Kentucky and Virginia

Brian D. McKnight


During the four years of the Civil War, the border between eastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia was highly contested territory, alternately occupied by both the Confederacy and the Union. Though this territory was sparsely populated, the geography of the region made it a desirable stronghold for future tactical maneuvers. As the war progressed, the Cumberland Gap quickly became the target of invasion and occupation efforts of both armies, creating a chaos that would strain not only the soldiers but all those who called the area their home. This book examines the features of the region's ... More

Keywords: Civil War, eastern Kentucky, southwestern Virginia, Confederacy, Union, Cumberland Gap

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780813123899
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813123899.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian D. McKnight, author