Paducah and the Civil War

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Despite Kentucky's aim to keep a neutral position in the Civil War and Paducah's Confederate tendencies, the Union captured the town soon after Confederate troops occupied Columbus. As a result, the Tennessee River and the Cumberland River became permeable entry points for infiltrating farther south and maintaining supply lines deep into Confederate states. That strategic advantage was halted when Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest invaded the town during the Battle of Paducah. Ultimately, a combination of guerrilla warfare tactics and General Eleazer Paine's Reign of Terror contributed to the Union's final victory over Paducah. Historian John Cashon recounts the tumultuous struggle for Paducah during the War Between the States.
ISBN: 9781467136969
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Kentucky
Series: Military
Images: 55
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
John Philip Cashon is a Paducah-based freelance writer and historian. He serves as a docent for the Lloyd Tilghman House and Civil War Museum in Paducah. John is also the historian of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Paducah Camp 1495. He received his bachelor's degree in history at Murray State University. His work appears in the Jackson Purchase Historical Society journal and on his Paducah blog, Reflecting on History.
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