Kentucky Confederate Senator Henry C. Burnett Autograph Letter Signed, "H. C. Burnett", one page, 8" x 10", Richmond, Virginia, September 15, 1862, to President Jefferson Davis. The letter reads in full: "You will pleasure me for again calling your attention to the fact that Genl Breckinridge has not been ordered to Kenty. His presence at this particular juncture in any State, I regard of the highest importance; our friends in that state have in him the utmost confidence, he is known for his moderation and prudence and in the organization of a State Govt and taking such other steps as may be necessary to place the State actively and permanently on our side, his counsel would be invaluable. May I not under the circumstances ask that he may be moved to join Genl E K Smith without delay. My strong convictions of the necessity of this step and the valuable results that would follow is my apology for troubling you again. I enclose you a dispatch from Genl B." On lined blue paper, very fine condition.

    Some 200 Kentuckians, feeling that the state's oath of neutrality had been violated, met in Russellville and passed an Ordinance of Secession on November 20, 1861. Richmond's hold on the Bluegrass, however, would remain tenuous at best through the course of the war. Keenly aware of Kentucky's iffy position in the Confederacy, Henry Cornelius Burnett (1825-1866) saw John C. Breckinridge as a human standard around whom Kentuckians would gather. Breckinridge, a Lexington native, was Kentucky's pre-eminent Confederate general and had served as vice president of the United States under James Buchanan.

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