Re: Kentucky Neutrality
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "William Gower" <billgower@c...>
> If Polk had not so foolishly invaded Kentucky and broke theneutrality of
> the state, do you think that the Union army would have honored itthroughout
> the war? This would have made the defense of Tennessee much easier.Just my opinion, but...
I have very little doubt that the Union Army would not have honored
Kentucky's neutrality. As far as they were concerned Kentucky stayed
in the Union so it was Union territory. Kentucky's "right" to remain
neutral was the same thing that the Confederate states were fighting
for. Plus even if both sides had honored Kentucky's neutrality,
neither could have afforded to leave that border unguarded just in
case the other decided not to at some point.