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Kentucky Lucky Facts

Kentucky Lucky Facts

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  • While many consider Kentucky to be a Southern state, it officially sided with the Union in the Civil War.

  • Many Kentuckians still supported the South, leading to in-state tensions.

  • The first recorded duel in America took place in 1621 in Massachusetts, one year after the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock.

  • More than forty formal duels were fought in Kentucky between 1790 and 1867.

  • The recoil of Civil War cannons was so strong that it actually took longer to re-aim than to reload them.

  • Two thirds of all Civil War soldier deaths were caused by disease.

  • Both sides of the war used exploding ammunition in their cannons.