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Confederate Military History
Kentucky

This set was written by distinguished men of the South, producing a work which truly portrays the times and issues of the Confederacy. It was edited by Gen. Clement A. Evans of Georgia.

Two volumes--the first and the last--comprise such subjects as the justification of the Southern States in seceding from the Union and the honorable conduct of the war by the Confederate States government; the history of the actions and concessions of the South in the formation of the Union and its policy in securing the existing magnificent territorial dominion of the United States; the civil history of the Confederate States, supplemented with sketches of the President, Vice-President, cabinet officers and other officials of the government; Confederate naval history; the morale of the armies; the South since the war, and a connected outline of events from the beginning of the struggle to its close. We have combined these two volumes into one "Causes of the War" volume.

There are also individual volumes for each state: Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia,Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky Missouri, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas & Florida. An additional volume covers the Confederate Navy.

Each state being treated in a separate history allows space for details concerning its peculiar story, its own devotion, its own heroes, and its battlefields. These volumes contain information on each unit; where, when, and by whom the unit was formed. There are also some Rosters.

Table of Contents for the Kentucky volume

  • CHAPTER I. The "Dark and Bloody Ground"--Battle Ground of Northern and Southern Indians--- Importance of a Correct History of the South in the War--The Principles Involved in the Struggle----Mr. Jefferson's Views--Attitude of Other Statesmen North and South--State Rights and Nullification in the North--Blood not Shed in Vain
  • CHAPTER II. Attitude of Kentucky Before and During the War--Origin of the Doctrine of Neutrality-- Why the Southern Men Acquiesced--How They Were Deceived and Over-reached--Violation of Neutrality by Union Party--Last Efforts of the Southern Element--Response of President Davis and President Lincoln- -Occupation of Columbus by General Polk--Action of the Legislature--General Anderson Takes Command- -Reign of Terror--Flight of Southern Leaders
  • CHAPTER III. First Confederate Troops--Gen. S. B. Buckner-Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston--The Confederate Line in Kentucky--John H. Morgan--General Sherman Succeeds Anderson--"War Must be Carried to Southern Firesides"--Sherman Superseded by Buell--First Engagement in Kentucky-Confederate Organization at Bowling Green--Kentucky Commands
  • CHAPTER IV. Political Movements--John C. Breckinridge Enters Confederate Army--Organization of Provisional Government-George W. Johnson Chosen Governor--Confederate Senators and Congressmen-- Kentucky Admitted as a State in the Southern Confederacy--Confederate Defeat at Fishing Creek--Fall of Fort Henry
  • CHAPTER V. General Grant Invests Fort Donelson--Sortie in Force by the Confederates--Its Success.-- Troops Ordered Back into the Trenches---Gallant Fighting of Second and Eighth Kentucky--General Buckner Surrenders to Grant
  • CHAPTER VI. Effects of the Surrender of Fort Donelson--Reorganization of Confederate Army at Murfreesboro--Johnston's Junction with Beauregard, Bragg and Polk--Grant at Pittsburg Landing--Johnston Advances--Battle of Shiloh--Part Taken by Kentucky Confederate Troops--Death of General Johnston and Governor Johnson
  • CHAPTER VII. Reorganization of the Army at Corinth--General Breckinridge Sent to Vicksburg--Battle of Baton Rouge --Bragg Asks for Breckinridge to Command a Division in Kentucky Campaign--He Marches from Knoxville for Kentucky
  • CHAPTER VIII. Summer Campaign in 1862--Buell's Campaign for the Reduction of East Tennessee--The Occupation of Cumberland Gap--Gen. E. Kirby Smith in East Tennessee--General Buell Threatens Chattanooga--Confederate Plans of Campaign
  • CHAPTER IX. Two Great Cavalry Leaders--John Hunt Morgan and Nathan B. Forrest--Morgan's First Raid through Kentucky--Capture of Murfreesboro by General Forrest--Capture of Gallatin, Tenn., by General Morgan--Destruction of Buell's Lines of Communication--Battle of Hartsville, Tenn
  • CHAPTER X. Bragg's Kentucky Campaign--Its Conception Due to Gen. E. Kirby Smith--Transfer of Bragg's Army from Tupelo to Chattanooga--Organization of the Forces--General Smith's Bold Advance-- Great Confederate Victory at Richmond--Occupation of Lexington and Frankfort--Enthusiastic Reception by the People
  • CHAPTER XI. Bragg's Advance from Chattanooga--Buell Moves to Bowling Green--Chalmers' Defeat at Munfordville--Its Surrender with 4,000 Men--Proclamation of Thanksgiving
  • CHAPTER XII. Bragg's Situation at Munfordville--Disappointments of the Army--Necessity for Co- operation with General Smith--Inauguration of Governor Hawes--Buell's Arrival in Louisville--Bragg's Fatal Misinterpretation of Buell's Movement--Movements Preceding Battle of Perryville
  • CHAPTER XIII. Battle of Perryville--Topography of the Surrounding Country--Relative Position of Opposing Forces --Confederate Victory but Virtual Defeat--Bragg Falls Back to Harrodsburg--Beginning of Retreat from Kentucky--Gen. Humphrey Marshall
  • CHAPTER XIV. The Retreat from Kentucky--Confederate Forces Pass through Cumberland Gap-- Breckinridge with his Kentuckians Sent to Murfreesboro--Buell Superseded by Rosecrans--Condition of Kentucky after Evacuation--Increased Persecution of Southern People
  • CHAPTER XV. Occupation of Middle Tennessee--Reorganization of Kentucky Troops--The Kentucky Brigade--Cavalry Organizations--Brilliant Operations of General Morgan--Battle of Murfreesboro--Bragg's Order of Battle--Some Details of the Bloody Engagement--Second Battle--Death of General Hanson-- Breckinridge's Report
  • CHAPTER XVI. Bragg's Army in Winter Quarters--Death of Colonel Trabue--Breckinridge's Division Sent to Mississippi--Fall of Vicksburg--operations in Mississippi and Alabama-Federal Advance in Tennessee--Morgan's Great Raid through Ohio
  • CHAPTER XVII. Rosecrans Flanks Chattanooga and Bragg Evacuates--Buckner Joins Bragg--Movements of Opposing Armies--Battle of Chickamauga--Important Part Played by Kentucky Officers and Soldiers-- Death of Gen. Ben Hardin Helm--Great Confederate Victory--Breckinridge, Buckner and Preston
  • CHAPTER XVIII. Investment of Chattanooga by Bragg--Battle of Missionary Ridge---Separation of the Kentuckians--Gen. Joseph E. Johnston Succeeds Bragg--His Compliment to the Orphan Brigade-- Breckinridge's Service in Virginia--His Victory at New Market--Ovation from Lee's Army--At Cold Harbor and Monocacy--His Department of Southwest Virginia--Secretary of War
  • CHAPTER XIX. Opening of the Atlanta Campaign--Rocky Face Gap--Resaca--New Hope Church-- Service of the Kentucky Brigade--Battles around Atlanta--Battle of Jonesboro--Severe Losses--The Kentucky Brigade is Mounted--Its Subsequent Services--Other Kentucky Commands--Return of the Kentuckians to Their Homes--Restoration to Citizenship
  • CHAPTER XX. Kentucky Commands in Confederate Service --Approximate Number of Kentuckians in Federal and Confederate Service--Kentuckians as Soldiers---Professor Shaler's Estimate--Words of Wisdom from the Leader Whose Destiny We Followed
  • APPENDIX A
  • BIOGRAPHICAL

  • INDEX (PDF Format)



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