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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 24. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.54 (search)
McClellan writes that, the Governor of Kentucky (Magoffin), is a traitor, and Buckner is under his influence, so that it is necessary to watch them. Again: I confess that I think all our calculations should be based on the supposition that Kentucky will secede; everything points in that direction. However, McClellan soon changed his views on this point, for we find him writing on May 17th in this strain: The Union men of Kentucky express a firm determination to fight it out. Yesterday, Garrett Davis told me, we will remain in the Union by voting if we can, by fighting if we must, and if we cannot hold our own, we will call on the general Government for aid. Further on he said: I have strong hopes Kentucky will remain in the Union, and the most favorable feature of the whole matter is, that the Union men are now ready to abandon the position of armed neutrality, and enter heart and soul into the contest on our side. Buckner had not yet joined the Confederacy, but meanwhile held