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In eastern Kentucky, future U.S. President James A. Garfield wins a small but important Union victory

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Brigadier-General Humphrey Marshall had been recruiting for the Confederacy in eastern Kentucky and had raised a force of around 2,000 men.  Thirty year-old Colonel James A. Garfield was ordered to take his Union brigade and drive Marshall from the state.  This he did after a small battle at Middle Creek in Floyd County.  Deaths on both sides combined did not exceed a hundred but the Confederacy was driven from Kentucky and the Union moved closer to an invasion of eastern Tennessee.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Chronicles of the Great Rebellion Against the United States of America (Philadelphia, PA: A. Winch, 1867), 18.