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Map of Eastern Kenucky and Cumberland GapConfederates on the Move

On the 9th of September, Confederate General Zollicoffer ordered his troops to move into Kentucky through the Cumberland Gap. Within ten days, his troops, which numbered 5,400 men, took possession of the Cumberland Ford at Pineville, Kentucky and defeated a group of home guard volunteers from the town of Barbourville.

Not yet ready for battle

On September 23, distressing news for Union forces reached Camp Dick Robinson...

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