Kentucky Heats Up Over Emancipation

November 19, 1862

A situation continues to evolve in Kentucky regarding the protection of fugitive slaves by U.S. Army Captain William R. Utley.  Lincoln chronicler Lowell H. Harrison wrote: “Judge Robertson had Utley indicted in a Lexington court for violation of Kentucky laws concerning fugitive slaves.  Then on November 19, 1862, Robertson telegraphed an appeal to President Lincoln.”   Robertson wrote:   “The Conduct of a few of the officers of the army in forcibly detaining the Slaves of Union Kentuckians may provoke a conflict between Citizens & Soldiers; . . . we desire you to say as we believe you will that military force will not be permitted for the detention any more than for the restoration of such property & especially in resistance & contempt of the loyal process of a Civil tribunal.”

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