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For Slavery and Union: Benjamin Buckner and Kentucky Loyalties in the Civil War

Patrick A. Lewis


Through a biography of Kentucky lawyer, soldier, and politician Benjamin F. Buckner (1836–1901), this book reorients the narrative of Civil War–era Kentucky around the experience of conservative proslavery unionists such as Buckner who resisted secession in 1861 because they believed slavery had safer prospects in the United States than in the new Confederacy. After the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, this faith in a proslavery federal government collapsed, and Buckner, who had led Union troops in combat in 1861 and 1862, resigned from the army in April 1863. The book is built around the ... More

Keywords: Kentucky, slavery, Civil War, secession, Emancipation Proclamation, Civil War memory, regionalism, African American, civil rights, Fifteenth Amendment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780813160795
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813160795.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick A. Lewis, author
Kentucky Historical Society