Contested Borderland: The Civil War in Appalachian Kentucky and Virginia

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University Press of Kentucky, Jan 1, 2006 - History - 312 pages
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From 1861 to 1865, the border separating eastern Kentucky and south-western Virginia represented a major ideological split. This book shows how military invasion of this region led to increasing guerrilla warfare, and how regular armies and state militias ripped communities along partisan lines, leaving wounds long after the end of the Civil War.

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The subtitle tells it all, as the author considers how the shifting boundaries between areas of Confederate and Union control led to the grinding down of the population caught in the political void ... Read full review

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for the person interested in the Slaver Rebellion in Kentucky this book is a definite plus. The narrative is easy to follow and the author adds information not usually found in standard accounts of the rebellion.

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Page 9 - Governor Magoffin, of Kentucky, replied: " Your dispatch is received. In answer I say emphatically, Kentucky will furnish no troops for the wicked purpose of subduing her sister Southern States.
Page 22 - Union, for just cause, to withdraw from their association under the Federal government, with the people of the other States, and to erect new governments for their better security; and they never will consent that the Federal power, which is, in part, their power, shall be exerted for the purpose of subjugating the people of such States to the Federal authority.
Page 22 - The people of Virginia recognize the American principle, that government is founded in the consent of the governed, and the right of the people of the several States of this Union, for just cause, to withdraw from their association under the Federal government, with the people of the...

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Brian D. McKnight is a teaching fellow of history at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. His work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including the Historian, the Smithfield Review, and Ohio Valley History.

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