Magoffin's Response to Lincoln's Call for Militia (April 15, 1861)

Updated: January 20, 2014

On April 15, 1861, Governor Beriah Magoffin informed Secretary of War Simon Cameron that Kentucky would furnish no troops in response to President call for militia.


Executive Office, Frankfort,

April 15, 1861.

To Hon. Simon Cameron, Secretary of War, Washington City:

Your dispatch is received. In answer, I say emphatically, that Kentucky will furnish no troops for the wicked purpose of subduing her sister Southern States.


Governor of Kentucky.

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