Where honor and patriotism called [electronic resource] : the motivation of Kentucky soldiers in the Civil War /Show full item record
|Title||Where honor and patriotism called [electronic resource] : the motivation of Kentucky soldiers in the Civil War /|
|Author||Tarwater, Leah D|
|Description||Title from dissertation title page (viewed May 4, 2010).
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Texas Christian University, 2010.
Department of History; advisor, Steven Woodworth.
Includes bibliographical references.
Text (electronic thesis) in PDF.
When the Southern states began to secede from the Union after the election of Abraham Lincoln in November 1860, the South expected Kentucky to join them. The North also worked hard to keep Kentucky in the Union. The state originally took a stance of neutrality but in September 1861, chose to remain with the Union. Still, Kentuckians remained greatly divided over the matter. Many men from this Union state chose to go south and fight for the Confederacy, often against the wishes of their community, family, and friends. These joined the Confederate army for a number of different reasons. Some fought due to their hatred of Abraham Lincoln and in defense of states' rights, or slavery. Others simply sought the adventure that only army life could provide. In true southern form, many of these men enlisted in the army in defense of honor. Others remained loyal to their state and country as they enlisted in the Union army. These men did so out of a deep devotion for and love of their country. They did not fight to rid the United States of slavery, but rather to preserve United States. Because of this, the Emancipation Proclamation had a great impact on all Kentuckians and their stance on the war. Whether they fought or not, the Civil War affected every citizen of Kentucky in one way or another. Even the men who chose not to fight at all and the women who were left behind were still held strong opinions on the war, which are briefly covered in this paper. Many families were divided within the state and Kentucky soldiers often found themselves fighting against their cousins, fathers, brothers, and boyhood friend.
|Subject||Kentucky History Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865.
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