Posts Tagged ‘Civil War’

Bad boy? Good boy?

George Henry “Beanie” Short (about 1838 in Cumberland County Kentucky, died January 4 1865 Monroe County) He left the Rebel Army and raided Turkeyneck Bend near the Cumberland River. He was caught and hung. My great-grandfather’s family (Bill Short) considers him a hero, Grandma’s brother was Ben Short. My great-grandmother’s family (Alcy Anderson) was Union. Grandma, Ova Della Short Suddeth, called him her 2nd cousin.

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A believer in slavery, William Quantrill formed Quantrill’s Raiders to aid the Confederacy. Born in Dover Canal, Ohio, he taught school before going to Missouri and establishing Quantrill’s Raiders with 440 soldiers. He died in a shootout in Wakefield Kentucky in May 1865. Or not. In 1907, a Union veteran traveling in British Columbia spotted Quantrill, living under the name, John Sharp. Sharp admitted it but was beaten to death a few days later. Or he was L.J. Crocker and died in 1917 in Arkansas. Who knows? Photos: Quantrill and Crocker with wfe

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Quantrill’s end

The James bros and Pence bros came from the Little Dixie area, Kearney Missouri, many of the families settling from Kentucky. At the Civil War’s end, the James bros and the Pence bros hid in Chaplin Kentucky with William Quantrill. They hanged a rapist—the wrong man. On the run, they ended up in a barn near a train station in Wakefield, Kentucky. I believe they were going to escape on the train, but the Shelby County Home Guards cornered them. Quantrill was mortally wounded but the others fled to Chaplin. [Jesse James birthplace, Quantrill]

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Losing your cool

William Quantrill’s Raiders entered Wakefield Kentucky May 1865. A log wagon was mired in the road and blocked it. In front of the Smiley School, with the children and town watching, he shot the 7 horses. Normally levelheaded, the Shelby County Home Guards were chasing him. It was then he detoured into the barn, where they fatally wounded him.

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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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[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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