Category Archives: Kentucky

June 29, 1865: Ending slavery in Kentucky

The New York Times reports a speech by Kentucky governor Bramlette. He advocates ratification of the 13th Amendment and establishing a free labor system. I’m not sure what his point was about the ownership of land; was he advocating redistribution … Continue reading

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March 26, 1865: Slavery in Kentucky

Gov. Thomas E. Bramlette ***************************************** A New York Times correspondent describes the situation in the loyal border state of Kentucky. LEXINGTON, Ky. In my last I barely touched upon the breaking up of the patriarchal system in this State, as … Continue reading

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March 25, 1864: Forrest’s raid on Paducah

The New York Times Kentucky correspondent reports that Forrest attacked Paducah, Kentucky on March 25 and was repulsed, thanks largely to Union gunboats and the US Colored Troops defending the fort. Last Friday night information reached us that FORREST had … Continue reading

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March 21, 1864: Enlisting slaves in Kentucky?

Robert J. Breckinridge The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports that Governor Bramlette of Kentucky opposes union enlistment of Kentucky slaves. He appealed to Robert J. Breckinridge (uncle of John Cabell Breckinridge, but an abolitionist and unionist*) for support, but Breckinridge says … Continue reading

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September 2, 1863: Sherman to Buell: Quit whining.

Don Carlos Buell ***************************************** Buell was removed from command after the battle of Perryville. Sherman, informed that Buell is working on an extensive justification of his military career, urges him (via a mutual friend) to quit writing and get back … Continue reading

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February 5, 1863: An interesting Lincoln biography from the Dispatch

The Richmond Daily Dispatch caricatures Lincoln’s early life. Apparently running a grocery store is the same thing as keeping a bar, and in any case, beneath the dignity of a President. And of course, a life of that sort of … Continue reading

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January 1, 1862: Davies pleads his case

General Thomas Davies had come into some criticism for his abandonment of Island No. 10, but he argues here that it was necessary to do so. He also tries to get out of sending troops to Grant, but winds up … Continue reading

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December 28, 1862: Davies fortifies Fort Pillow

General Davies, in the face of enemy attacks in Tennessee and Kentucky, abandoned Island No. 10 and withdrew to a strong point at Fort Pillow, north of the Hatchie river and about 50 miles north of Memphis on the Mississippi. … Continue reading

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December 24, 1862: Columbus and Memphis threatened

With communications disrupted by Van Dorn’s raid, all the Union positions in upper southwest are jeopardized. Rumors fly, and reinforcements are hard to come by. COLUMBUS, KY., Via Cairo, Ill., December 24, 1862-8 a. m. Major-General HALLECK, General-in-Chief: I am … Continue reading

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December 21, 1862: Aftermath of Van Dorn’s raid

Earl Van Dorn **************************************************** Van Dorn and Forrest’s raiders captured the supply depot at Holly Springs, and broke up the railroad between Memphis and Columbus, KY. Halleck ordered reinforcements out to support them. Meanwhile, Grant relieved Mizner of his command … Continue reading

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