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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., Holding Kentucky for the Union. (search)
o be short, and that Kentucky might keep out of it. As Desha's company of Duncan's regiment was leaving Cynthiana, Ky., by rail, one of the privates said to a friend who was bidding him farewell: Be sure to vote for Crittenden [then the Union candidate for delegate to the Border State Conference] and keep Kentucky out of the fuss. We are just going to Virginia on a little frolic and will be back in three months. On the other side, immediately after Magoffin's refusal to furnish troops, J. V. Guthrie, of Covington, went to Washington and got authority for himself and W. E. Woodruff, of Louisville, to raise two regiments. They established a camp just above Cincinnati, on the Ohio side of the river, and began recruiting in Kentucky. They soon filled two regiments, afterward known as the 1st and 2d Kentucky, which were sent early in July to take part in the West Virginia campaign. The Union Club in Louisville was an important factor in organizing Union sentiment. Originating in M
ste of Government powder. We arrived at Charleston about midnight of the eleventh, and were delayed there by order of Col. Guthrie, commanding that post, until seven o'clock of the next morning. Colonel Guthrie accompanied us from Charleston, and wColonel Guthrie accompanied us from Charleston, and we proceeded to Winfield, which is twenty miles further down the Kanawha, where we arrived about nine A. M. Here we were joined by two companies of the Fourth Virginia, who had been sent up from Point Pleasant. While the men were getting breakfast, Col. Guthrie took a small detachment of men across to the Red House, and captured the goods in a store belonging to one of the rebel cavalry who had fired upon the boat. At eleven o'clock information was received that the enemy, in force about eigClark, encountered the mounted scouts of the enemy, who fled in hot haste toward their camp. Here let me remark, that Col. Guthrie had sent out from Charleston two companies of the Fourth Virginia regiment, who were to approach from another directio
Doc. 95. Colonel Guthrie's proclamation at Charleston, Va., October 17, 1861. As commander of this post, and a friend of the Union, the Constitution, and the laws made in pursuance of them, and particularly as a friend of the citizens of Charleston, with whom I have lived for more than two months, and anxious only to promote your hapiness, security, and liberty, in obedience and harmony with law, and apprehending that you may have conceived that a permanent military authority is intepower of those who design the overthrow of your liberties, and the destruction of your property. Organize, then, immediately, and assert the supremacy and sufficiency of the civil law. Therefore, I earnestly solicit the citizens of Charleston to meet at the Court House on Saturday, October 19, at three o'clock P. M., to take necessary steps for said organization. And may God crown your efforts to restore law and order to our bleeding and beloved country. J. V. Guthrie. Colonel Commanding.
Doc. 160.-the raid into Kentucky. Report of Col. J. V. Guthrie. Cincinnati, July 25, 1862. To Gen. Geo. B. Wright, Quartermaster-General, Ohio: in compliance with your order of the sixteenth, the undersigned took the cars on the Central Kentucky Railroad, from the depot in Covington, with about one hundred men for Cynthiana, Kentucky, at which place Lieut.-Col. Landrum, of the Eighteenth Kentucky, was in command. Receiving orders to move towards Paris, and distribute my force at t Col. McCook with your orders. After instructing the Lieutenant in charge of the sick at Lexington to report to Col. McCook the condition of the men, I obtained leave to return home, and arrived here this morning. I have been thus particular in explaining to you how I became detached from my particular command, which was entrusted to me by your orders, and to do justice, as near as I can, to the Ohio troops under my charge. I am, General, your obedient servant, J. V. Guthrie, Commanding.
s of the arrest of Colonel Tyler: While promenading on Fourth street, in Cincinnati, on Wednesday forenoon, Colonel J. V. Guthrie, of the First Kentucky Regiment, saw a gentleman whom he thought he recognized as Colonel Tyler, late of the Unitt he turned and followed. Presently he met Captain Dickerson, and, upon consultation, they were both satisfied that Colonel Guthrie was right in his surmise. Thereupon Colonel Guthrie approached Colonel Tyler, and claimed him as a prisoner of war.Colonel Guthrie approached Colonel Tyler, and claimed him as a prisoner of war. Tyler appeared to be some what amazed, but confessed his name and rank in Beauregard's army, and said that, "traveling as a citizen, and without arms, he did not anticipate an arrest" The Commercial says that Colonel Guthrie delivered his prisoner Colonel Guthrie delivered his prisoner to Captain McLean, Assistant Adjutant General of this department, who conveyed him to Newport Barracks, and telegraphed to General Scott for further instructions. Colonel Tyler asked to be placed on parole, but Captain McLean refused to grant the r