Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Lincoln Troops in Kentucky

Here are three more Covington Journal stories (reprinted from other newspapers) about Union troops in Kentucky and Kentucky's attempt to remain neutral in the early stages of the Civil War. Comparing these brief stories with others printed in the Journal on the same day is one way to see the conflicting viewpoints of Kentuckians in this time of confusion and uncertainty.

Here is wikipedia's description of Camp Dick Robinson  and some information on William "Bull" Nelson the general in charge of troops at that camp.

Camp Dick Robinson, courtesy of

Lincoln Troops in Kentucky
Camp Dick Robinson presents now an animated scene. Some fourteen or fifteen hundred gallant men are now assembled at that point belonging to the regiments of Cols. Fry, Bramlette and Wolford, and under command of General Nelson. The camp is supplied with new tents, well provisioned, and the men armed with the most approved arms of modern warfare.  [Danville Tribune]
Two companies of volunteers, Capt. Sam McKee's and Capt. Hewitt's of Adair, passed through here Saturday en route for Camp Dick Robinson. They were received by Capt. Barbee's Independent Rifles, and hospitably entertained with a sumptuous basket dinner, provided in the usual liberal style of the ladies of Danville and vicinity.

Another company of seventy-five fine looking men, from Russell, commanded by Capt. Boling, passed through yesterday and were entertained with a beautiful dinner. These are in addition to three cavalry companies of Col. Wolford's regiment which passed on early last week. They are all now in Camp Dick Robinson  [Danville Tribune]
The Lincoln Army, organized and quartered in Garrard county, Ky., is gradually swelling in numbers and maturing in efficiency. The force now collected is said to number 2,500 men. [Lex. Statesman, 20th]

(The "Adair" and "Russell" mentioned above refer to counties in Kentucky.)

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