Kentucky House Bill No. 36

From the collections of the
Kentucky Historical Society
Accession Number FF2.4

Kentucky House Bill No. 36, 1861

11 1/8" x 19 1/4" (unfolded)

Kentucky's legislature had to make a lot of important decisions in the years before and during the Civil War. There were a lot of arguments about what to do. All senators and representatives were given copies of any proposed bills. This is a copy of one of those bills. It belonged to someone who disagreed with it. At the top, the words "The Bloody Bill" are written in ink. The bill was created to "prohibit and punish rebellion by citizens of Kentucky and others of this state {...}." The bill was approved. It made joining the Confederate army a crime in Kentucky. It was one of the first acts of the state legislature that showed support for the Union.