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V News Outlook Heaven Is A Lot Like Kentucky commanding general, Brax- ton Bragg. At 11 am a wagon bearing Private, Asa Lewis, of the 6th Regiment, Company E, rode into the open end of the for- mation. Lewis had enlisted for 12 months of service at the be- ginning of the war and had Hometown Newspaper OPINIONS . The opinion page does not reflect the views of the KyNeWsGroup. MORE ABOUT THE BATTLE OF STONES RIVER AND 0 HOW, THEY BECAME KNOWN AS THE ORPHAN BRIGADE A few days later, with Pri- vate Lewis dead and gone, Bragg ordered the lone Ken- tucky Infantry Brigade into a suicidal charge into an entrenched Union position which was supported by 58 Union cannons. It wasn’t the fact that The Orphans made that fanatical linquish the colors to another soldier, who was shot and killed, as were two more. The next soldier to take up the colors would eventually bury the flag in the field after being pinned down. He buried the flag to keep from disgracing the unit by allowing the col- ors to fall into enemy hands. own lines. General Breckenridge rode among the survivors, crying out repeatedly, "My poor 0r- phansl My poor Orphans!" There has been much spec- ulation on how the Orphan Brigade was so named and much is attributed to General Breckenridge’s statement as June 24, 2021 a duel, after Bragg gave the horrid order to charge. Other officers of the brigade had , to be restrained when they . learned of the order for the suicidal charge, so as not to shoot Bragg on sight. The Kentucky First Infan- “1 try Brigade, CSA, would con- tinue to draw awe and respect ______ served more than that when charge, but rather that they That night, he crept back into he rode among his men fol- from all as the war dragged By Charles Mattox he received word that his fa— did so with such precision, the Confederate lines with the lowing that charge. Some his- on, and they would continue —— ther had died, and his mother skill and bravery, that they colors a little dirty but still in- torians believe he called these to fight with an unmatched "Yes, the Kentucky Brigade asked him to hurry home to actually dislodged the Union tact, and back in its home unit men “Orphans” because The discipline, determination and (The 0mm" Bn'gade) was help with the family; as he had forces and drove thm across of the Fourth. Kentucky Brigade had lost skill, for the cause they be the finest body of soldiers ever saw” General Joseph B. John- ston, senior field commander for the Confederate States of America several small siblings. Lewis told his comrades he would return and reenlist when he got his family on their feet and left Bragg’s bounty hunter caught him a few days Stones River. The Orphans pursued further but were overwhelrned and retreated back across Stones River under withering Union fire, which garnered them the ut- As the Brigade retreated back into Confederate lines, with musket and cannon fire as deadly as during the charge, several soldiers re- membered seeing a comrade so many commanders. Some thought it was because his Brigade (one of several un- der his command at the time) never left their duty and re- turned to Kentucky during lieved in. The fought with dogged determination in the face of overwhelming odds until the bitter end, when only a small percentage of their original later. Bragg had Lewis court- most respect and admiration running with all his might the entire war and were thus number remained alive. Last week we examined the martialed for desertion and of both armies. to the rear when confronted ‘orphaned.’ If the Good Lord is willing, events involving, Nicholas he was found guilty on the An estimated one quarter of by an officer who told him it But I believe it was some- we may rejoin the members of County native, Lott Dudley trumped-up charge. Bragg The Orphans perished during would do no good to run as thing more, dear reader. I The Orphan Brigade infuture ‘LD’ Young, and his fellow ordered Lewis executed, but that maddening and ill-fated the bullets were everywhere believe that in that moment, columns. Kentuckians, who were par. more than that, he ordered charge ordered by Bragg, a and running would not keep General Breckenridge real- It is to be noted by the seri- ticipants in one of the bloodi- est battle of the American Civ- il War: The Battle of Stones River, which was fought Dec. 30, 1862-Jan 3. 1863. The members of the Ken- that Private Lewis be executed in front of every single mem- ber of the Kentucky Brigade and he was to be shot by his own brigade members: three shooters from each regiment man deeply despised by all Confederate Kentuckians. As The Orphans reached the Union lines during the charge, a strikingly bizarre occurrence was remembered you from the trajectory of enemy rounds any more than just walking would do. “Yes sir,” the soldier re- plied. “But you see, sir, if I run,.I get away from the en- ized that his fellow Kentuck- ians had been orphaned by their very own army. . Before the charge, Gen- eral Breckenridge had been requested by several senior ous historian and researcher, that General Braxton Bragg continues to be entrusted with the title of, “worst gen- eral during the American Civil War,” by leading historical tucky First Infantry Brigade within the brigade. by survivors on both sides. emy a little bit quicker.” Kentucky officers to consider scholars and sources. were called The orphan Bri. The Orphans nearly muti- Frank, the mascot dog The retreating soldiers re- resigning his commission in gade, by both Union and Con. nied upon hearing the news, of the 2nd Regiment of the grouped after reentering their order to challenge Bragg to federate armies following that battle, during which the Or- phans were ordered to make a suicidal and cataclysmic charge straight into enemy lines while facing annihilating musket fire from a numeri— cally superior and entrenched army, which was supported by Union cannon, on the last day of the battle. Events leading up to that battle also lent credence to and it was only the calm military discipline of Gen- eral John Breckenridge, their Division Commander, that prevented it. General Breck- enridge was certain that even cold-hearted—Bragg could be persuaded to parole Private Lewis on Christmas day. But Bragg would not budge and thus the moment of execution arrived. “I beg you to aim to kill,” Orphan Brigade, went into battle with his unit unfail- ing, straight into the jaws of' death. When the battle was at its apex, Frank jumped a rab- bit and chased the cotton-tail all about the field of carnage until the rabbit, with Frank close behind, ran back toward Confederate lines. One of the men of the 2nd Regiment screamed aloud that if he wasn’t afraid of letting down FRONTIER HOUSING, INC., V. TYLER GRIFFITH, ET AL COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY BATH CIRCUIT COURT DIVISION I ACTION NO. 19-CI-90168 ELECTRONICALLY FILED NOTICE OF COMMISSIONERS SALE DEFENDANT S By virtue of a judgment and Order of Sale entered in Bath Circuit Court on June 17, 2021, to raiSe the sum of $1 13,243.01, the legends b chin d the origin Private Lewis said above the his comrades, he be running interest, fees, and the costs of sale, I will expose for sale to the highest and best bidder at the Courthouse door, in Owingsville, - - - o , Bath County, Kentucky, on Saturday, Iuly 10, 2021, at the hour of 12:00 p.m., the following described property: of The Orphan sobnquet steady (1111 of freezmg rain, as rlght there With Frank. Pmme Address: 25 Van Com Salt “ck. Kentucky 40371 Dec. 26, 1862, near Stones River, Murfreesboro, Tennes- see The cold rain fell in tor- rents upon them, and yet they stood silent and immovable, like fence posts, over 4,000 of he stood in front of the firing squad, wearing a mask, at his Own request, so he would not be able to look upon his 001111, rades. “It will be most-merci- ful to me....' Goodbye.” When the firing stopped shortly thereafter, Private Lewis was dead and Gen- A soldier of the Fourth Regiment felt a bump on his hip and saw his canteen had been shot and the contentsof the canteen (whiskey not wa- ter) began out. The soldier stopped in his tracks dropped his musket and guz- zled the contents greedily as PVA Map Number: 075-10~09-003.03 BEING THE SAME PROPERTY conveyed to Tyler Griffith by Deed from Frontier Housing, Inc., dated December 22, 2014, of record in Deed Book 236, Page 106, Bath County Clerks Oflice. This property is sold subject to all real estate taxes, easements, and off-sales of record; and reference is hereby made to the office of the Bath County Clerk. The terms ofthe saleshall be ten (10%) percent cash or check at the time of sale and the balance on credit of thirty (30) days with privilege of the successful bidder to pay in full at the time of sale. The successful bidder requesting credit must execute bond with approved surety bearing interest at the rate of twelve (12%) per annum from date of sale until paid. which bond shall have the full force and efl’ect of 3 Judgment and should execution be issued thereon, no replevy shall be allowed. A lien shall exist and shall be retained by the Commissioner on the property sold as security for the purchase price. them; in a ushaped military eral Breckenridge had to be shots danced all around him. ’5’ EarlRosersm . ’ formation caught by members of his Robert Lindsey, the 20-year- Efg'gz‘jn‘fig‘"mm" C° 1”" Every soldier among them staff as he fell forward off his old Regimental Color Bearer Campde &Rogers. PLLC of the Kentucky First Infan. horse, the sight, sickening to for the Fourth Regiment, was figggggmg Road try Brigade, Confederate States of America (CSA), was ordered to be there by their at Whispered Set-“re all present. Asa Lewis was a good man and a faithful companion, known well among the ranks. wounded by cannon fire and was bleeding from the nose, mouth and ears, but refused to leave the battle. He did re- ‘The Land of Whispered Sorrows’ by Charles Mattox, a book of the Native American and early Pioneer history of northeast Kentucky, is now available from the author for $30 per copy. The 148-page book contains numerous photos; a Native American projectile point identification guide and several chapters devoted to the conflict between Native Americans and Pioneers in the 17703 and 17803 with particular attention and focus on the events leading up to and involving the battle of Lower Blue Licks, August 1782. Send payment to: Morehead, KY 40351 (606) 783~1012 (606) 784~8926 fax Published in the Bath County News Outlook on 06.24, 07.01, 07.08 of 2021. CITY COUNCIL; AND TIONS; SECTION 1: HEREBY ADOPTED AS FOLLOWS: Resources Available: GENERAL FUND ORDINANCE 2-2021 AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE CITY OF OWINGSV'ILLE, KY. ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL YEAR m 2921 THROUGHW BY ESTIMATING REVENUES AND RESOURCES AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS FOR THE OPERATION OF CITY GOVERNMENT. WHEREAS, AN ANNUAL BUDGET PROPOSAL AND MESSAGE HAS BEEN PREPARED AND DELIVERED TO THE WHEREAS, THE CITY COUNCIL HAS REVIEWED SUCH BUDGET PROPOSAL AND MADE NECESSARY MODIFICA- THAT THE ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNINGJULYJJQZI AND ENDINGW IS SPECIAL REV.FUNDS WATER/SEWERFUND Charles Mattox Fund balance carried forward 350,000 254,500 884 Hall Road gsumated revenues: 185000 100000 0 . axes , , - FlemInQSburg , KentUCKy Licenses and 251,500 .0 -0 Free shipping Intergovernmental revenues 117,456 65,975 -0 , Alcohol regulatory fees ~0 37,500 -0 Charges for services -0 -0 1,505,500 Other 228,929 8,920 12,500 Total estimated revenues 792,885 212,395 1,518,000 Total resources available for appropriation 1,142,885 466,895 1,966,584 Appropriations: General Government 245,896 -0 -0 0 Police 442,627 -0 -0 [,ovmg and I: ,earnmg -° Streets 50,000 76,195 —0 Rec/Tourism -0 183,548 —0 ' Alcohol sales regulation -0 29,000 -0 Enterprises -0 -0 1,966,584 ; Total appropriations 787,699 343,093 1,966,584 0 0 0 Excess of resources over/ 0 ' I I B a h u h underappropriations 355,186 123,802 -0 Interfund transfers -0 -0 -0 1 Estimated fund balances { end of fiscal year 355,186 123,802 -0 Daycare 92 CoYle Street FIRST READING OF THIS ORDINANCE WAS HELD ON THE 27th DAY OF MAY, 2021 CATHY CONWAY CITY CLERK \ SECOND READING OF THIS ORDINANCE WAS HELD ON THE 10th DAY OF JUNE, 2021 AND UPON ROLL CALL OF VOTE, WAS ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF OWINGSVILLE, KENTUCKY. CATHY CONWAY CITY CLERK I. GARY HUNT, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF OVVINGSVILLE, KENTUCKY, HEREBY ACCEPT AND APPROVE THIS ORDINANCE AND DIRECT SAME TO BE PUBLISHED THIS THE 10th DAY OF IUNE, 2021 GARY HUNT MAYOR ATTEST: CATHY CONWAY, This advertisement was paid for by the City of Owingsville using tax dollars in the amount of $204 Published in the Bath Coun News-Outlook 06-2441