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Kentucky Confederates: Secession, Civil War, and the Jackson Purchase

Berry Craig


Dubbed “the South Carolina of Kentucky,” the Jackson Purchase was Kentucky's only pro-Confederate region during the Civil War. Secession sentiment was so strong that in 1861, while Kentucky was officially neutral, leading politicians and influential citizens met in Mayfield and considered a regional military alliance with Tennessee or secession from Kentucky to form a Confederate state with West Tennessee. In addition, the Purchase was Kentucky's only region that furnished more soldiers to the Confederacy army than to the Union forces. Between 1861 and 1865, nearly 5,000 Purchase men donned Re ... More

Keywords: Civil War, Confederate, Jackson Purchase, Kentucky, military alliance, secession, “South Carolina of Kentucky, ” Union

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780813146928
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813146928.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Berry Craig, author
Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky