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Robert Anderson, hero of Fort Sumter, takes command of Kentucky's military forces

Robert Anderson, Brady image
09/18/1861
With the state's early hope of neutrality gone, the pro-Union Kentucky state legislature voted to drive out Confederate forces.  They named Robert Anderson, the hero of Fort Sumter, as commander of the state militia with headquarters in Louisville and Thomas L. Crittenden head of the state guard.  Anderson's poor health meant that his tenure lasted only three weeks after which he resigned and turned over command to William T. Sherman.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Lowell H. Harrison, The Civil War in Kentucky (Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 1975), 14. 

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