RICHMOND — In 1886, E.A. Pollard published a Southern version of the Civil War, titled “The Lost Cause.” Eastern’s library has a 1994 facsimile copy of this book. I found it interesting to read what the author had to say about our local battle of Richmond. Gen. Braxton Bragg and Gen. Kirby Smith led a Confederate invasion of the border state of Kentucky. Smith’s forces outflanked the Union forces at the Cumberland Gap, maneuvering his troops through a little known and precarious side path over the mountains into Kentucky. Leaving enough forces to watch the Northern forces in the gap, Smith moved into Kentucky at Barbourville and headed north for Lexington. Richmond stood in his way. The first engagement in a running series of clashes was about six miles from the city. The Union troops retreated three miles and took a stand. They were driven from the field in confusion. Next, they formed a line of battle in the outskirts of Richmond. Preston Smith and Churchill led Southern attack and the Federals were utterly routed and retreated in terrible confusion. Confederate cavalry scattered them in all directions, capturing their artillery and supply trains. The Confederates lost 400 men, killed and wounded, Union losses were over 1,000 and 5,000 became prisoners. Smith captured nine pieces of artillery, 10,000 small arms and a large quantity of supplies. He was particularly happy with finding the rations, as his troops were not well supplied with provisions. The Confederates pressed on and captured Lexington and Frankfort. This then is Pollard’s recounting of one of the largest Confederate victories of the war, recounted some 124 years ago. Recall, his story is told from the Confederate point of view and may suffer from some of the defects of propaganda. At the closing of the war found Gen. Kirby Smith in command of the Trans-Mississippi area. After a final defiant proclamation, he surrendered his command in Texas. The last recorded action of the Civil war was a skirmish near Brazos, Texas — a long way from Richmond.
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Paper boys learned life, business lessons
I often flash back to the days from the mid to late 1930s when I was a paper boy.
There were 10 or 12 of us who rolled out of bed at 5 a.m. every day, jumped on our bicycles and headed downtown to the Glyndon Hotel and picked up our papers for delivery.
Here’s why teachers aren’t paid enough
The following were included in last year’s exams and were answered by 16-year-old high school students. The answers are genuine, and we must remember that these youngsters will grow up to vote, marry and become parents. It’s a scary thought.
4-H exhibits are family affair for the Houstons
Five children from the same family were the first to bring their 4-H exhibits Wednesday to the Madison County Fairgrounds.
Band students ‛take over’ MCHS campus
The Madison Central High School campus has been “taken over” for two weeks by 170 students attending band camp.
Warning labels needed on energy drinks
The popularity of energy drinks has soared since they entered the marketplace, but at least one consumer group wants the FDA to order warnings on product labels.
Full Gospel ‛Back to School Bash’ is Aug. 2
I guess everyone is asking, “How much rain did we get?”
Thank the Lord for the rain
Hello readers, it’s a stormy Monday evening as I write this, and I’ve been thanking the Lord all day for the good rain – over an inch in the gauge now, and it looks like more before morning.
Rain has helped lawns, gardens
Hello from Baldwin.
How is everyone’s week going? I hope everyone is having a great one.
Can you believe such cool weather in mid July?
Refreshing. That’s the word one TV weatherman described the upcoming days when temperatures will be in the 70s with virtually no humidity and lots of sunshine. Can you believe that in the middle of July? We can live with that, can’t we? We may even get close to setting a record for morning lows later this week. This has certainly been the year for strange weather!
Union City Baptist VBS July 20-25
Union City Baptist Church will have vacation Bible school July 20-25, 6 to 9 p.m., with classes from age 3 through high school. The theme is “Agency D3 Needs You.” Contact Brenda Parke, or call the church at 623-2845 for more information.
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