Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Federal supplies in Kentucky

This is an untitled article in the August 24, 1861 Covington Journal, continuing its reporting on Kentucky's attempt to remain neutral and events that may have conflicted with that goal.

The Federal guns and ammunition which left this city Saturday morning last in the cars of the Kentucky Central R.R., were turned back at Falmouth, arriving here Saturday night. Monday morning they were transferred to the mail boat for Louisville, and reached that city Monday night. They were immediately sent off by a special train for Lexington.

The shipment consisted of about 3,000 muskets, 110,000 ball cartridges, 13 boxes of canister shot for twelve pounders, besides clothes, candles and provisions.

The Courier says: 

"The receipt of these Lincoln guns in Louisville created much excitement among our citizens, which, happily, led to no outbreak."

The Courier learns that the "citizens of Eminence, on the line of the Louisville and Frankfort Railroad, were highly exasperated and much excited  on ascertaining that the Lincoln guns had passed over the road for Lexington. They declared freely that if any more guns, or munitions of war, are sent over the road, they will capture them or die in the attempt." 

The guns reached Lexington Wednesday afternoon, causing great excitement. A company of cavalry from Camp Dick Robinson was in waiting, and the State Guard and Home Guard of Lexington turned out. A collision was imminent but through the exertions of John C. Breckenridge, who addressed the crowd, urging no violence, and permission to the Federal troops to convey the guns to their destination, it was averted.

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