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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Victory through Stratagems: the Allied Invasion of Normandy France on June 6th 1944
Dr. Ralph Thompson a former chemistry professor at Eastern Kentucky University spoke on the “Deceptions of WWII” to the Central Kentucky World War II Roundtable.
When will the ordeal finally be over?
I was just thinking about the ordeal I’ve been going through since Sept. 19.
Life in Stringtown was full of hard work, simple pleasures
I had a chance to visit recently with an old friend, Alene Perkins Long.
Burning bridges and the importance of relationships
“Congratulations on your new job!” You tell a co-worker who announced she would be leaving in a couple of weeks. “Where are you going?” You ask her.
“I’ve landed a job that will put this place to shame! I am so excited about leaving here. This is going to be a great chance to advance my career,” the co-worker tells you.
Ensuring children develop a habit brushing their teeth
“Are you sure you brushed your teeth?” the father asked his son. His son solemnly nodded. His father said, “Let me smell your breath.” The son obligingly opened his mouth. Finally, the father said, “I need to check and see if your toothbrush is wet.”
This type of exchange happens in many households as children often do not brush their teeth, even when told to do so. This nightly inquisition can occur less frequently if parents establish a habit in their children to brush their teeth.
Saturated fat consumption leads to abdominal fat
New research from Uppsala University shows that eating more saturated fat in the diet causes an increase in the amount of fat stored in the abdominal area in comparison with extra consumption of polyunsaturated fat.
County’s oldest consignment sale begins today
The Little Ones’ Consignment Sale, Madison County’s oldest semi-annual sale of its kind, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (Friday) and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the multi-ministry center behind United Methodist Church, West Main Street, Richmond. Marked items are half price on Saturday.
There’s more to do at the Village Trough
“I wish there was more to do here.”
Do you ever find yourself saying this sentence as you sit there bored out of your mind? Have you heard others ask it?
Well, there is something more to do now that Village Trough in Berea is staging shows with local and regional talent and preparing to open as a full dining and entertainment venue.
Let’s have a Mardi Gras party in Kentucky
It’s the time of year when the people in New Orleans celebrate a festival called Mardi Gras. Many states now do the same. Some call it “Fat Tuesday” which I have never understood till I went to New Orleans (five times) and saw all of the excitement for myself.
Beat the winter blues with meatballs
When it’s this cold outside it’s nice to warm up with some good comfort food.
I can think of few things more wonderful than the smell of simmering meatballs coming from the kitchen while I cuddle with my two young children, and a few good books, on a brisk winter day.
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