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I thought I would share my family’s Civil War loss. (our country is going through another trial)

My great-great grandfather, Lucilious Pate, came home in 1865 to find his wife and family gone, his younger brother, Wesley had drowned when an army steamboat caught fire, and another brother, James, had died in battle. Lucillious joined the Union army 81st regiment Illinois in August 1862, mustered out in 1865.

My great grandfather, Thomas Gillenwaters, came home in 1865 to find his father dead, his family starving, and a brother whose name I cannot recall had died in battle. Served in Union Army, company C, 37th Regiment Kentucky Mounted Infantry. Mustered in June 2, 1863 Glasgow, Kentucky, mustered out May 10, 1865 Louisville, Kentucky. His brother, James, served in the confederate Army.

My great-great grandparents, Andrew William and Mary Greenfield, were murdered in 1863 by guerillas near Brandenburg, Kentucky. He was German-speaking Swiss and she was mixed-blood Shawnee—I believe xenophobia/racism killed them.

My great-great grandfather, Samuel Anderson, made it home in 1865, but his health and lungs were ruined. He served in the Union army, 5th Kentucky Cavalry, Company E. He was mustered in April 30, 1862 Burkesville, Kentucky and mustered out May 3, 1865 in Louisville, Kentucky. His three brothers served in the same regiment: James, William, and Wilson.

My grandmother’s cousin, Beanie (Bennie) Short hanged in 1865, a Confederate raider, but I do not judge him.

 

Bill Pennington, my great-great grandfather, kidnapped near Otisco, Indiana by Union Cavalry, presumably for military duty. Released the next day, likely because he was full-blooded Cherokee.

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MY NAMESAKE

[I am Charles Thomas Suddeth]

Thomas Gillenwaters served in the Union Army, Company C, 37th Regiment Kentucky Mounted Infantry. He grew up near Fountain Run, KY. 1880s, he lived in Cave City KY. 1890s, he lived in Horse Cave KY. Both Cave City and Horse Cave have Gillenwater Streets. (small towns, not a coincidence)

 

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Civil War Veteran

About 1885, my great-great grandfather Samuel Anderson and his daughter, Sarah. Kettle, Cumberland County, Kentucky. He served in the Union army, 5th Kentucky Cavalry, Company E. He was mustered in April 30, 1862 Burkesville, Kentucky; mustered out May 3, 1865 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Sam,Sarah Anderson ca 1885

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My great-great grandparents, William Andrew and Mary Mann Greenfield, were killed by guerillas in Brandenburg Kentucky during the Civil War. (my great grandma was just a baby) I think I found their killers.

Confederate Captain William Hardin “Guerilla Bill” Davison is buried here. (Col. Lee Sypert’s Confederate Partisan Rangers, later Davison’s Hyenas) He died March 7, 1865 from a gunshot wound in a firefight with Union Home Guard, February 24, 1865, near Patesville. Davison led a band of rebel guerrillas that raided towns from Brandenburg to Owensboro in 1864.

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Civil War Favorite?

18th street Bridge

The remains of the 1850s bridge over the Portland Canal, connecting Louisville with Shippingport Island. Also called the Elm Tree Gardens Bridge—Elm Tree Gardens was an 1820s amusement park and racetrack—on the viewer’s left. Civil War soldiers no doubt used this bridge to have R and R from the war. Eric Suddeth photo.

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This is Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia during the Civil War. Notice the 3 buildings on the viewer’s right that are still present after 150 years.

 

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Dehumanization

This haunts me. Dehumanization is the process of not considering other people to be humans. This photo is from Civil War Richmond, Virginia. Note the sign in the photo’s middle business. A black man with a rifle looks to be guarding it. Did he care what he was doing to other humans, or was this his way of surviving turbulent times? Did anyone care?

 

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In 1985, I camped 4 nights with my 2 young sons along the Mississippi River at Columbus-Belmont State Park in Columbus, Kentucky. It was a Civil War site, but I was disappointed to learn that the actual battle took place across the river at Belmont Missouri.

I also wanted to visit a site from the Cherokee Trail of Tears. I just learned that the John Benge detachment of 1,100 Cherokees camped here in November 1838. A ferry took them across the Mississippi to Belmont, Missouri, but it took several days. Cherokees camped all over the area, including my camp site (one photo shows the Civil War fortifications where I camped).

Writing material? Yep.

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Charles Thomas Suddeth

Gillenwater mansion, Hamburg Pike, Jeffersonville IN (It was Cementville back then, before being annexed). My grandmother lived here as a child. Her father, Thomas Gillenwaters, died here 1912. He was a Union Civil War veteran. Died from a broken nose/infection—be thankful for antibiotics.

My middle name is Thomas, after him. Maybe that is why I like to write about the Civil War. (sadly, most editors don’t want Civil War books)

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I would like to pay my respects to the wounded and dead of all wars. Also on this day, I would to pay my respects to the civilian casualties of wars. 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the 1863 deaths of my great-great-grandparents, William Andrew Greenfield and Mary Mann Greenfield. They were murdered by Civil War militia near Brandenburg, Kentucky. Rest in Peace.

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