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CIVIL WAR DIARY OF SGT. WINCHESTER BYRON RUDY
& The Life of Winchester Byron Rudy
October 17, 1861 - June 18, 1864
SIXTEENTH KENTUCKY INFANTRY
from "Union Regiments of Kentucky"
(Under the 13th Army Corps)
submitted by Gary Griffin
From October 17, 1861 until June 17, 1864, Sgt. Rudy maintained a daily diary, which is now in the possession of his great grandson, Harry T. Voige, 5150 Durham Rd. W. Columbia, Maryland 21044. It traces his travels from Maysville through eastern and central Kentucky, to eastern Tennessee, and thence to northern Georgia. What follows is a paraphrased monthly summary of places, personalities, and events as recorded in that diary. Winchester Byron Rudy was born on March 27, 1840, in Maysville, Kentucky, which is in Mason County. He enlisted in Company "C" of the 16th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry on August 10, 1861, and served in the army until January 27, 1865. The 16th Kentucky was mustered into U.S. (Union) service on January 27, 1862. In January 1864, he was reassigned to the 13th Kentucky, 23rd Army Corps for which he served in a Division headquarters' position until his discharge. On January 8, 1880, he applied for a pension.
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35 Rock Hill Lane, Elizabethtown, KY On Middle Creek Near the Border Between Hardin & LaRue County
submitted by Ruth Lindsey – ATHS member #2217
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Our summer issue of Ancestral News presented Part I of the Orphan Train story. Herein is the rest of the story as told by Sylvia Frank Mabe (In Part 1 the last name was misspelled Mare), daughter of rider, William Frank.For full story: http://aths.com/content/william-frank-orphan-train-rider-%E2%80%93-part-ii
A tar like substance oozing from the ground and forming pools was the likely reason a community in Breckinridge County, Kentucky, was named Tar Fork1. Some have thought that the name was related to a fork in the road at this place. And perhaps the proximity of the area to a stream named Tar Creek in the bottom lands just to the west had something to do with the naming of the site. The stream is a tributary or fork off Clover Creek and the latter empties into the Ohio River at Cloverport, Kentucky.Full story: http://aths.com/content/tar-fork-%E2%80%93-breckinridge-county-kentucky
The Orphan Train Movement was a social experiment that transported children from crowded coastal cities of the United States, such as New York City and Boston, to willing foster homes across the country. The orphan trains ran between 1854 and 1929, relocating an estimated 250,000 orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children. At the time the orphan train movement began, it was estimated that 30,000 vagrant children were living on the streets of New York City.
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“Choking cartridges” for the Union Army was legitimate war work for “noble Union girls” during the Civil War. The repetitive work required putting lead balls into a paper tube, filling the tube with gunpowder, and tying up both ends. Spilled gunpowder was swept up often during the day, the women wore special shoes, and movement was restricted. But with and without safety precautions, this essential wartime munitions work claimed the lives of nearly 100 women in explosions as fiery and fierce as any on a battlefield.
African American And A Son Of Kentucky
by U.R. Wright
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Today my daughter had an extended school day to make up for the larger number of snow days this year, so I made my way down to Elizabethtown. After stopping in the Hardin County History Museum, I made my way north on Dixie Highway with the window down, simply enjoying the first day of March.
At a stop light I noticed to my right a cemetery on a hill, surrounded by a beautiful stone wall. I immediately pulled my car over, parked and walked up the hill to the cemetery.
Turns out, I was visiting the Helm Cemetery for the first time in person. I had read about it before numerous times in books and online on www.findagrave.com, but had never seen it.
The grave marker for Governor John L. Helm is fantastic. On the front it says, "John L. Helm, born at Helm Place, Hardin County, Ky., July 4 A.D. 1802, Died at the same place, Sept. 8, A.D., 1867".
Here are some quick facts on the man from wikipedia:
"John LaRue Helm (July 4, 1802 – September 8, 1867) was the 18th and 24th governor of the U.S. state of Kentucky, although his service in that office totaled less than fourteen months. He also represented Hardin County in both houses of the Kentucky General Assembly and was chosen to be the Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives four times. In 1838 his sole bid for federal office ended in defeat when his opponent, Willis Green, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Helm was first elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1826; between 1826 and 1843 he served eleven one-year terms in the state house. In 1844 he was elected to the state senate, where he served continuously until he was chosen as the Whig Party nominee for lieutenant governor on a ticket with John J. Crittenden, famous for the Crittenden Compromise. The Whigs won the general election and Helm was elevated to governor on July 31, 1850, when Crittenden resigned to accept an appointment as United States Attorney General in President Millard Fillmore's cabinet. After his service as governor Helm became president of the struggling Louisville and Nashville Railroad. He invested thousands of dollars of his own money in the project and convinced residents along the line's main route to buy stock in the company. In 1859 the line was completed, but the next year Helm resigned over of differences with the board of directors regarding a proposed branch that would extend the line to Memphis, Tennessee.
Although he openly opposed secession during the American Civil War, federal military forces labeled Helm a Confederate sympathizer. In September 1862, he was arrested for this alleged sympathy, but Governor James F. Robinson recognized him as he was being transported to a prison in Louisville and had him released. After the war Helm identified with the Democratic Party, and in 1865 Hardin County voters returned him to the state senate. In 1867 he was the state's Democratic candidate for governor. Despite his failing health, Helm made a vigorous canvass of the state and won the general election. He was too weak to travel to Frankfort for his inauguration, so state officials administered the oath of office at his home on September 3, 1867. He died five days later."
What amazed me most is that you can still see the house he died in, the family home, while you are standing at his headstone. You can't miss the big white columns that grace the front of the house. It's wonderful to see a house and cemetery so old, taken care of so well.