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Governor Magoffin of Kentucky refuses troops for "the wicked purpose" of subduing the South

Beriah Magoffin, detail
04/16/1861
Beriah Magoffin, governor of Kentucky send an reply to Secretary of War Cameron on his call for troops from the states the day before.  Kentucky had been requested to send four regiments.  Magoffin's reply read, "Your despatch is received. In answer, I say emphatically, Kentucky will furnish no troops for the wicked purpose of subduing her sister southern States. B. Magoffin."  Before war's end, 78,540 Kentuckians would serve in the Union Army.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P.Putnam, 1861), I: 27.
Chronicles of the Great Rebellion Against the United States of America ... (Philadelphia, A. Winch, 1867), 4.

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