In this chapter, John M. Porter articulates how he attempted to provide an account of the narrative events beginning from the proceedings in 1861, the sanguinary period between 1861 and 1865, the events of the War for Southern Independence, and ending with how the Confederate Armies finally surround to the United States forces. Here, he aims to present how the entire country was called to arms in only a few months, and how the citizens, particularly in Kentucky, had to undergo a certain degree of frantic excitement since aggressive armies approached their borders. During this period, the citizens were misled by “neutrality” since they were told that they would be safe from the Confederate army or from the United States army until troops of both the Northern and Southern uniform met at their borders.
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