ernor, and most of his associate State officers, were the Democratic compatriots of Breckinridge, Burnett, and Buckner.
Only a single district elected a Secessionist, by four-sevenths of its total vote; and he its old member, who had hitherto received far larger majorities, running as a Democrat, in a district where the Democratic party had, since 1826, uniformly commanded overwhelming majorities.
That district, at the western extremity of the State, hemmed in between West Tennessee, Southern Missouri, and that portion of Illinois widely known as Egypt, and traversed by the great Southern rivers Tennessee and Cumberland, had, in fact, for more than a quarter of a century, been alien from Kentucky in character and sympathies, as it proved itself in this case.
The residue of the State elected only Unionists to Congress, by a popular majority of almost three to one.
This majority was very nearly maintained at her regular State election (August 5th), when — Magoffin being still Gove
n might and would have crushed them, had he been aware of it; yet, without waiting to verify this absurd report, Gen. Schoepf faced about and raced two days toward the Ohio, as if for dear life, strewing the road with wrecked wagons, dead horses, baggage, etc., and leaving East Tennessee to her fate.
The bitter disappointment and agony of her gallant sons in his army, who but now confidently supposed themselves about to see the old flag floating in triumph from the spires of Knoxville and Jonesville, can but faintly be realized.
On the 18th of November, the Kentucky Secessionists held a Convention at Russellville, in the southernmost of her counties, behind their principal camp at Bowling Green, and organized what they termed a Provisional Government — perhaps from their inability to make any provision for its support.
Geo. W. Johnson, of Scott county, was here chosen Governor;
Johnson being killed in the battle at Shiloh next Spring, he was somehow succeeded in his shadowy Gov