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with liberty's noblest offering, their persons—these Kentuckians moved to the place of organization where they should all become an army, and be officered and led to meet America's most detested foe. To Newport came the best and bravest men the great Commonwealth could offer or send; social rank was forgotten and ignored; political position set aside; duty to country was higher, more sacred than all other considerations, and these heroes stood ready to act when and where and as country called.
The personnel of this little army surpassed in valor, in intelligence, and in patriotic zeal any similar number of men which had ever been organized in the State of Kentucky. The ready response, the unflagging ardor, and the superb courage which animated these men made them a most formidable foe. A large number of them holding official positions, many of them Revolutionary soldiers, more of them men of renown won by participation in the Indian battles from 1782 to 1794, they were possessed of a spirit of great personal pride, of manly courage, and of unlimited devotion to the cause of their country. In that early period of its history the men of Kentucky had the same wonderful State love which has characterized its inhabitants during all its existence. They felt that the reverses at Raisin and Fort Meigs, and the horrors and barbarities which had attended the battles at both these places, demanded from the State