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Chapter 11: Kentucky. The Alleghany or Appalachian mountain chain, a hundred miles broad and a
g the deep agitation and serious divisions in Kentucky, used their power with great moderation and t n May 16th, passed resolutions declaring that Kentucky should, during the contest, occupy the positi ich this law authorized, so as to precipitate Kentucky into rebellion.
The Legislature, ignoring ng men having informed him of the actual state of Kentucky sentiment, he, on May 7th, specially com agement.
He felt a deep solicitude to retain Kentucky on the Union side.
Very soon also the leadin tant battles, had taken place on each side of Kentucky.
Eastward the rebels were driven out of West forces northward, violating the neutrality of Kentucky by occupying the town of Hickman, on the Miss g himself just within Tennessee, south of Middle Kentucky, he was collecting the rebel members of h .
The altogether illogical and false role of Kentucky neutrality was necessarily at an end. The Leg [23 more...]
Chapter 11: Kentucky. The Alleghany or Appalachian mountain chain, a hundred miles broad and a thousand miles long, extending from New York to Alabama, naturally separated the country into two principal military divisions: that of the East, comprising the Atlantic Coast and the Atlantic States; that of the West, comprising the Mississippi River and its tributaries, and the whole immense territory of the Mississippi Valley. In the East, the line of hostility quickly established itself along the Potomac River, with Washington as its strategical centre; this grew partly out of the paramount necessity of defending the capital, but also largely from the fact that the line from the sea to the mountains was not more than a hundred miles long, and could therefore be occupied and observed without delay. In the West the distance from the mountains to the Mississippi River was nearly ten times as great. This alone would have retarded the definition of the military frontier; but the chie