“I Wanted a Gun”: Black Soldiers and White Violence in Civil War and Postwar Kentucky and a Missouri
This chapter focuses on the ongoing violence in neighboring Kentucky and Missouri. Unlike West Tennessee, however, conservative whites—both Unionist and former Confederates—in these two border states made common cause to resist black emancipation, blacks in the military, and ultimately black citizenship. For four years, the Confederate and Union armies had battled over these issues. It is argued that after Appomattox, “the battle over the place of African Americans in Kentucky and Missouri society merely entered a new phase”.
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