Here is a recorded account describing a pistol and saber fight between Major Charles W. Anderson, an aide on the staff of Nathan B. Forrest, and two Federal soldiers on the streets of Paducah on March 25th, 1864. This account was written by Capt. B. L. Ridley from Murfreesboro, TN., which was described to him at the home of Major Anderson in Florence Depot, TN., and was recorded in the Confederate Veteran Magazine, Volume 4, in 1896 on pages 358-59. Major Anderson told the story, at first, as if he were a witness to the events, but he later identifies himself as the Confederate Officer in this fight. Afterwards, there is another account written by J. V. Grief in Confederate Veteran Magazine, Volume 5, page 4.
This is an account of the Battle of Paducah by resident and a former soldier in Paducah’s Confederate 3rd Kentucky Mounted Infantry, Company D, in Confederate Veteran Magazine, Volume 5, and was published in 1897:
Kentucky State Militia Colonel Lloyd Tilghman’s meeting with Union Colonel Benjamin M. Prentiss, the commander of the Union Headquarters at Camp Defiance, Cairo, Illinois, on May 6th, 1861.
Source: Chicago Tribune and N.Y. Evening Post, May 11, 1861 recorded in The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, Moore and Everett, Vol 1, Doc. 139, 1861, pgs. 194-195.
Paducah, Kentucky History
Here is an interesting piece of Paducah history. The pdf linked in the address below is called the Estate of Dr. J. M. Best, deceased, vs. the United States. It was a brief to the U.S. Senate regarding the claim for destroyed property of Paducahan Dr. Best that was ordered to be burned by Union Colonel Stephen G. Hicks because of its close proximity to Fort Anderson in Paducah on March 26th, 1864. A day after the Battle of Paducah.
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Prelude to Invasion
After Fort Sumter fell to the Confederacy, the State of Kentucky adamantly tried to remain neutral between the Union States and Confederate States, and during this time, both armies tried to place their forces on the most tactical points on Kentucky’s borders, especially in the west, next to the Mississippi River. The Union army setup their headquarters at Cairo, Illinois and Bird’s Point, Missouri at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, and the Confederate army setup at Union City, Tennessee, and New Madrid, Missouri just across the border from southwest Kentucky, and each side maintained readiness in case the opposing army made an incursion into Kentucky to gain the most desirable strategic locations within the Jackson Purchase, because they thought losing this ground to the other was detrimental to their war effort.