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Edwin M. Stanton, Order to the Army with President Lincoln's congratulations on recent victory in Kentucky, January 22, 1862

Robert Latimer McCook, detail
Union General George H. Thomas marched on the Confederate forces guarding the Cumberland Gap in eastern Kentucky. Attempting to strike before the federal strength was consolidated, Confederate troops under General George B. Crittenden attacked Thomas and his men at Logan's Crossroad's, near Mill Springs, Kentucky in the early hours of the morning. Fighting raged all day, during which Confederate General Felix Zollicoffer was killed, till Union units forced the Confederates to retreat, winning a small but morale-boosting Northern victory. Here, three days later, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton relays President Lincoln's gratitude for the success in an order published to the army. (By John Osborne)