A Reunion of men of the Orphan Brigade around 1900.

Kentucky was one of the states where it was truly Brother-Against-Brother during the Civil War.  Kentucky initially aimed to remain neutral in the war, however both sides fought vociferously to pledge allegiance one way or the other.  Indeed, even Lincoln himself considered Kentucky a key state.  He would write in September 1861 letter to Orville Browning:  "I hope to have God on my side, but I must have Kentucky.  I think to lose Kentucky is nearly the same as to lose the whole game.  Kentucky gone, we cannot hold Missouri, nor Maryland.  These all against us, and the job on our hands is too large for us.  We would well consent to separation at once, including the surrender of this capitol."

Despite Lincoln's letter, the leaders of the Confederacy had no problem building up initial regiments throughout the state.   


A proclamation given by John Hunt Morgan to rouse support for the forming of the Brigade.  

Things got more difficult for the CSA in Kentucky in mid 1862 when the State Legislature voted to side with the Union.  This made CSA recruitment in the state much more difficult, and so the leaders quickly increased the intensity of their language going in to the end of 1862. 

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