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The Most Hated Man in Kentucky: The Lost Cause and the Legacy of Union General Stephen Burbridge

Brad Asher


For the last third of the nineteenth century, Union General Stephen Gano Burbridge enjoyed the unenviable distinction of being the most hated man in Kentucky. From mid-1864, just months into his reign as the military commander of the state, until his death in December 1894, the mere mention of his name triggered a firestorm of curses from editorialists and politicians. By the end of Burbridge's tenure, Governor Thomas E. Bramlette concluded that he was an "imbecile commander" whose actions represented nothing but the "blundering of a weak intellect and an overwhelming vanity. "In this revealin ... More

Keywords: Civil War, Kentucky, United States, Lost Cause, Southern History, Stephen Burbridge, Union, Confederacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780813181370
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813181370.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brad Asher, author