War on Two Fronts: Shiloh to Gettysburg

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Chapter IX
KENTUCKY INVADED

Despite the victories at Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Pea
Ridge and Shiloh, the Federals never launched a knockout
blow against the demoralized Confederate forces facing
them in the West. As the Yankees bided their time, Braxton
Bragg and Kirby Smith headed their armies north to
gallivant around Kentucky in the late summer of 1862 at
about the same time Lee was engaging in his Maryland
Campaign in the East. Commanding the Confederate
Army of the West, Major General Sterling Price decided to
assist his comrades in Kentucky by attempting to invade
the Volunteer State, but he was defeated in Mississippi at
Iuka on 19 September and Corinth on 3-4 October 1862
by Major General William Rosecrans commanding the
Union Army of the Mississippi. Meanwhile, forced to
pursue Generals Bragg and Smith, Major General Don
Carlos Buell took his Army of the Ohio north to do battle
where he engaged the former in the indecisive battle of
Perryville, Kentucky, on 8 October 1862. Despite
inflicting heavy losses on the Federals, Bragg was forced to
abandon his invasion and fall back to Tennessee with
Smith.

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