Kentucky's Civil War Governors
Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail
— Fort Hill Civil War Park —
Kentucky's first wartime governor, Beriah Magoffin, fought Lincoln over secession and Kentucky's neutrality policy. When the Confederacy was formed, Lincoln requested Kentucky soldiers to fight the rebellion; but the governor refused. Once the Kentucky legislature became overwhelmingly pro-Union, Magoffin became an ineffectual executive and resigned from office.
Magoffin's successor, Governor James Robinson, also frequently disagreed with the Lincoln administration. Although Robinson supported the Union, he complained about Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and civilian arrests made by Union military authorities. In the 1864 presidential election, Robinson supported Lincoln's opponent, General George McClellan.
Kentucky's final Civil War-era governor was Thomas E. Bramlette. He complained to Lincoln about Union military interference in local elections and differed
Lincoln maintained a rocky relationship with Kentucky's governors during the Civil War
Although the governors differed with Lincoln over policy issues, throughout the conflict the commonwealth officially remained loyal to the Unionist cause.
Erected by Kentucky Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War, US Civil.
Location. 38° 12.267′ N, 84° 52.217′ W. Marker is in Frankfort, Kentucky, in Franklin County. Marker is on Clifton Avenue half a mile west of Cheek Street, on the right when traveling east. The marker is near the museum on the Fort Hill Civil War Park grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Clifton Ave, Frankfort KY 40601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Election Of 1860 And 1864 — Kentucky (here, next to this marker); Kentucky: Union Or Confederate?
Also see . . . Fort Hill. The Capital City Museum & Leslie Morris Park on Fort Hill. (Submitted on December 14, 2020.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 13, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 32 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 13, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.