Unconditional Unionist

The Hazardous Life of Lucian Anderson, Kentucky Congressman

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About the Book

When U.S. Congressman Lucian Anderson from Kentucky voted for the 13th Amendment to the Constitution in January 1865, abolishing slavery, he gambled more than his political career. Anderson was from Mayfield, one of the most rabidly secessionist towns in the Bluegrass State. During the Civil War, his political alignment changed from pro-slavery Union Democrat to Unconditional Unionist to Republican. Elected by Unionists in 1863, he soon received death threats and was kidnapped by Confederate raiders who held him for ransom (while he tried to convert them to the Union cause).
He was a Kentucky delegate to the 1864 national convention that re-nominated President Abraham Lincoln. Knowing he could not win another term, Anderson did not seek reelection in 1865. Based on newspaper articles, letters and other contemporary sources, this book provides a detailed portrait of an overlooked but significant figure of the Civil War and Kentucky history.

About the Author(s)

Berry Craig is a professor emeritus of history at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. He lives in Mayfield, Kentucky.
Dieter C. Ullrich is head of special collections and archives at Morehead State University. He has done extensive research on the Civil War in the Jackson Purchase region of Kentucky and Tennessee and has authored articles that have been published in the Filson History Quarterly and other scholarly journals. He lives in Morehead, Kentucky.

Bibliographic Details

Berry Craig and Dieter C. Ullrich
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 224
Bibliographic Info: 49 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6369-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2664-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface 1

 1. An Unlikely ­Anti-Slavery Man 5

 2. Stepping to a Different Drummer 17

 3. For Douglas and the Union 43

 4. The “straight-out” Union Man 57

 5. Mr. Anderson Goes to Washington 82

 6. “Sound on the goose” 91

 7. Denouncer of Democrats 110

 8. Lush the Lincoln Man 122

 9. Lush and “an epoch in the history of the country” 139

10. Back Home 172

Chapter Notes 189

Bibliography 202

Index 209

Book Reviews & Awards

“valuable…sheds light on an unheralded and largely unappreciated man of principle who was ahead of his time.”—Civil War News.