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Kentucky Rebel Town: The Civil War Battles of Cynthiana and Harrison County

William A. Penn


This is a detailed Civil War study of a Kentucky Blue Grass town and county. This extensive research of Cynthiana and Harrison County reveals the area’s divisive sectional animosities and personalities. As the title suggests, Cynthiana was widely perceived to be a Rebel stronghold when the secession crisis erupted. The county’s state representatives, Lucius Desha and W. W. Cleary, were among Kentucky’s pro-secession supporters during neutrality, and Desha was arrested for treason when accused of recruiting for the Confederate army. Belief that the town was a den of Southern sympathizers was fu ... More

Keywords: Morgan’s Raids, Lucius Desha, Cynthiana KY., Harrison County, Ky., Civil War, African-American, enrollment, Home Guards, provost marshals, Battle of Cynthiana

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780813167718
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813167718.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William A. Penn, author