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Proclamation of Brigadier-General Nelson to his Troops, Pikesville, Kentucky, November 10, 1861

William Nelson, detail
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 the 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. In his brief proclamation of congratulations, Nelson described the trials they had undergone to achieve the victory. (By John Osborne)

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