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Union forces occupy Pikesville, Kentucky having driven Confederate forces from eastern Kentucky

William Nelson, detail
11/09/1861
Naval lieutenant William Nelson had been detached to his home state of Kentucky to organize Union forces there.  Commissioned a Brigadier General, he recruited and led a force of Kentucky volunteers, supported by several Ohio regiments, to drive the Confederates under Colonel John Stuart Williams, from eastern Kentucky.  Unsuccessful at countering this advance at the battle of Ivy Mountain the day before, Williams' surviving forces eventually retreated into Virginia as Nelson's men occupied Pikesville and sealed the success of their mission.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
The American Annual Cyclopaedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1861 ... (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1864), 460. 

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