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denouncing and pretending to abhor abolitionism, Republicanism, coercion, and war. And so with those elected to the Legislature. Their commission from the people was to keep the peace. They executed it by an immediate and unconditional surrender to the war party of the North. Immediately after Lincoln's first call for volunteers, two regiments were recruited in Ohio, near Cincinnati, known as the First and Second Kentucky Regiments. Early in June, Lovell H. Rousseau established Camp Joe Holt, in Indiana, opposite Louisville, and began to recruit the Louisville Legion. The first overt attempt to organize Federal troops on Kentucky soil was on the 2d of July, when 2,000 men assembled at Camp Dick Robinson, near the centre of the State. Lieutenant William Nelson, of the Navy, afterward a major-general, was the secret agent through whom the Union men were organized and armed. Seeing the drift of public sentiment and the popularity of neutrality in Kentucky, the more ardent se
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 8. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 87.-the campaign in Florida. (search)
nd it could be seen the pickets hurriedly arranging their traps preparatory to joining their comrades at Camp Finnigan. The advance-guard of four men, led by Lieutenant Holt, of company A, Independent battalion Massachusetts cavalry, made the charge, and succeeded in capturing all the pickets, five in number. Another rebel, who wpendent Massachusetts cavalry battalion, with Major Stevens at its head, and for its company officers such men as Captains Richmond, Webster, and Morrell, and Lieutenant Holt, has achieved for itself during the past week a high reputation. In this connection I must not omit to mention the eagerness with which Captain Ray, formerlyry, and when the expedition left Hilton Head, was on the point of going North to join his regiment. All the distance from Jacksonville, either Captain Ray or Lieutenant Holt led the advance-guard. The Fortieth Massachusetts mounted infantry also performed admirable service, and by no means lessened the good name they have long en
ry, under Jones, at Morristown, the same command who defeated him at Rogersville. He found the enemy occupying fortifications built by our men before the evacuation of that place. He immediately engaged them, the fight lasting two hours, and drove them out of the town. The enemy lost between forty and drove fifty men. Eight were found dead on the field, and thirteen were left seriously or mortally wounded. Colonel Nicol, of Virginia, was killed. Captain John Holt, of Kentucky, son of Joe Holt, was shot through both thighs. A reconnoissance, the same day, on the Rogersville road came up with the enemy at Moresburgh, nine miles above Bean Station. There was heavy skirmishing for two or three hours. Several were wounded on our side. The loss of the enemy was not known. A reconnoissance yesterday, December eleventh, found no enemy at Morristown, but he was still occupying the ground at Moresburgh. I must defer any mention of the position and movements of our infantry in t
is supposed to be now in the lower part of Monroe county. moving southward, and will probably attempt to cross the river to Boone county. This will rid Northeast Missouri of his presence and restore quiet to that portion of the State. From Louisville. Louisville, August 26 --The Adams Express Company having discontinued the sending of letters to the South, those now received and arriving from the North will be returned to the senders. A flag was presented to-day at camp "Joe Holt," to General Rossean's brigade, entitled the "Louisville Legion," by the citizens of Louisville. There was an immense concourse in attendance. Explosion of percussion primers. Pittsburg, August 27 --A box of percussion primers for cannon, addressed to Gen. Fremont, at St. Louis, arrived here to-day on Adams' Express car, and from some uncurtained cause exploded, and seriously injured an employee of the railroad company and another man. No one was killed, as at first reported.
ence, well knowing that without first seceding from the old Union, it was a status which neither the Constitution nor the laws permitted her to assume. It has been the peculiar characteristic of the politicians who control the destiny of Kentucky to prefer chicanery to logical truth and candor. To affect neutrality while remaining a part of the old Union, bound constitutionally or politically by all its acts, was in keeping with the factious of Crittenden and Guthrie Leslie Coomes and Joe Holt, parson Breckinridge and partisan Prentice. This was the artful dodge by which those cunning men beguiled over from the ranks of the Secessionists proper, the great body of the good people of Kentucky. This is the delusive bait by which they have succeeded in hooking a great and gallant Commonwealth into the toils of Lincoln. This is the net which they have thrown over the limbs of the Secession party there, and prevented them from following John C. Breckinridge, Magoffin, Powell, Burnett,