Ensuring loyalty : Black recruitment in Civil War Kentucky

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dc.contributor.advisor Etcheson, Nicole
dc.contributor.author Klinger, Jacob J.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-13T17:14:58Z
dc.date.available 2019-05-13T17:14:58Z
dc.date.issued 2019-05-04
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/201698
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines Kentucky’s military recruitment records, relative to the similarly populated states of Michigan and Wisconsin, to gauge the state’s loyalty to the Union cause during the American Civil War. Beginning in 1861, and progressing until the end of the war in 1865, this work focuses on how preserving slavery consistently motivated white Kentuckians to volunteer for the Union army. Despite concerns regarding abolition, white Kentuckians generally felt the federal government could ensure state sovereignty and protect the institution of slavery. The best example of this belief was Kentucky’s reaction to the Emancipation Proclamation and black recruitment in 1863. Despite arguments posed by contemporary historians, these measures generally encouraged rather than discouraged Kentucky unionism. Hoping to prevent black recruitment by supplying enough white volunteers to fill its quota, Kentucky exhausted its white manpower in 1863. This is primarily why Kentucky ended the year with a 59 percent service record while Michigan and Wisconsin’s had 43 and 42 percent respectively. Consequently, Kentucky’s recruitment fell during 1864 and 1865 which has led many historians to argue emancipation and black recruitment damaged the state’s loyalty. The significance of this thesis is that it counters these scholarly claims by arguing Kentucky’s faltering white volunteerism embodied its exhaustion rather than a diminished sense of unionism.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of History
dc.description.tableofcontents Kentucky's alliance with slavery during 1861 -- The threat of abolition and Kentucky's loyalties in 1862 -- Committed to slavery and union in 1863 -- Kentucky's military exhaustion in 1864 and 1865
dc.subject.lcsh African Americans -- Kentucky -- History -- 19th century.
dc.subject.other United States -- Army -- Recruiting, enlistment, etc. -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
dc.subject.other Kentucky -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Participation, African American.
dc.title Ensuring loyalty : Black recruitment in Civil War Kentucky en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.) en_US


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