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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book IV:—Kentucky (search)
tres south-west of Cumberland Gap, and proceeded direct toward the centre of Kentucky, the richest and most populous part of that State. He thus cut the communications of the Federal Morgan with the depots from which he obtained his supplies, leaving to Humphrey Marshall on one side, and to John Morgan the partisan on the other, the easy task of preventing a single wagon from carrying him provisions. The Union brigade, thus besieged, held its position for three weeks; finally, on the 17th of September, when its provisions had become exhausted, it blew up the works it was entrusted to guard, and, descending the slopes of the Alleghanies, forced a passage into Ohio, despite the guerillas who harassed it during the whole of that painful retreat. Meanwhile, Kirby Smith was rapidly advancing through Kentucky with his small force, the numerical strength of which was daily increased by public rumor; a thousand horse preceded it, scouring the country for the necessary supplies, which by
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book VII:—politics. (search)
ical strength, organization and necessary materiel for a great war. There were but two measures relating to the formation of new corps, initiated by the President himself before the meeting of Congress. The object of the first, under date of September 17th, was to assemble at Hatteras a regiment of volunteers recruited in North Carolina. It was hoped thereby to enlist under the Federal flag those citizens who had remained loyal to the constitution, notwithstanding the secession of their State.ce of the matter. These vigorous proceedings, however, had not discouraged the secessionists of Maryland. The legislature had been elected under their auspices, and they had a majority in both houses. An extra session was convened on the 17th of September in the little town of Frederick, situated in the centre of the slaveholding districts; it was to be inaugurated by an ordinance of secession. The government, having been notified of this design, resolved to frustrate it. General McClellan,