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News Outlook August 05, 2021 - 7 OPINIONS The opinion page does not reflect the views of the KyNewsGroup. Heaven Is A Lot Like Kentucky By Charles Mattox "Issue the order sir; and will storm Hel . ” General, Anthony Wayne, in response to General George Washington’s order to take Stoney Pointe during the Revo lutionary War. A note from a reading patron: Wayne Eberly, of Harrisonburg Virginia, was received recently with much enjoyment from yourstruIY. . Mr. Eberly told me of his farm, which had a 225-year-old stone house on it which was built by Daniel Boone associate and cousin, Henry Miller. Henry Miller and Daniel Boone had many adventures together in- cluding ‘long hunts’ and I knew of a Kentucky group of Millers that I believe are a direct con- nection to Henry Miller. Anyway, Thank You Mr. Eb- erly, for your thoughtful and en— couraging note. This one is for you, sir. I’m fascinated with what Nich- COMPLEXITY OF THE DAY? ‘ olas County native, and Confed- erate Civil War veteran, Lt Lot Dudley Young, used to call sim- ply, “the vicissitudes of war.” Young was considered a wise man and his vocabulary was ex- pansive. The word vicissitude means, ‘a change in circum- stance, typically for the worse, and a change which brings discomfort, heartache and dif- ficulty. Young understood how luck and chance; be it good or bad, was often the dominant factor in survival, and how simple blind good luck often trumped skill, terrain, weaponry and even ex- perience. The opposite is con- versely true in that bad luck can be deadly and unstoppable in certain circumstances. Young was one of the lucky few surviving Confederate Infan- try Officers of the Kentucky Or- phan Brigade, the 1st Kentucky Infantry Brigade of the Con— federate States of America, and was recognized with no small amount of adulation following the war, for his storytelling and oratory skills as well as his philo sophical and wise counsel to his neighbors near and far. If you visit Lt. Young’s grave in the Carlisle Cemetery, as I have often done, You’ll find it near the outside corner of row H, and you later travel just a few miles down the road toward Millersburg, you’ll come upon Miller’s Station Road. It’s only a ridge or two over from where Lt.‘ Young rests eternally. The road received its name due to its close proximity to two forts, or stations, as they were most-apt to be called, built around 1780 by two Miller brothers: Major John Miller, who built a fort one mile northeast of Millersburg (Mill- ersburg is named for him), and his brother William, who built a fort one mile farther northeast I believe these two men were cousins or relations to Henry Miller, mentioned above. In 1781 a fort named Well’s Station, located southwest of the Miller forts and 30 miles east of Iouisville, was attacked with founding militia leader Cap- tain Wells being killed and his son William, (a cousin to one of Simon Kenton’s scouts also named William Wells), taken prisoner: Two young relations of Major John Miller. Henry Miller and Christopher Miller, were taken prisoner from Kentucky at this same time. Henry Miller and Christopher were adopted into the Shawnee Nation; who were extremely friendly to the Miami River clans (Maumee or Miami Tribes). Following the Blackberry Campaign of 1791 and General Arthur St. Claire’s disastrous defeat a year later, William Wells and Henry Miller left their adop five Native American families and joined the Kentucky forces that later served in 1793-1795 with General Anthony Wayne. Christopher Miller, who had been separated from his older brother, Henry, several years before had not been heard of in years and was presumed dead. William Wells and Henry Miller joined Robert McClel- land as General Wayne’s favorite spies. 1 Simon Kenton, Michael Cas- sidy, Colonel William Sudduth and other. men who lived in northeastern Kentucky, were also among Wayne’s taverite spies and they all worked closely together to provide accurate in- formation to General Wayne. Wells deposed years later that it was Michael Cassidy who taught him the art of scalping. In mid summer of 1794 Gen- eral Wayne called upon Captain .z r 5 ,5, '; ffifml'ffl a, Family Fun Day The 18th Annual Caring Hearts of Nicholas County, Inc. Trail Ride, Buggy Ride, Pig Roast &Auction Saturday, August 7, 2021- Trail Ride10:00 am at Clay Wildlife Management Area; Carlisle, KY. Site to be determined. Please follow signs. Registration begins 8:00 am $10.00 per rider . William Wells to take Henry Miller and Robert McClelland out into the forest and bring him a Native American prisoner for the purpose of interrogation. Within a week‘s travel, and .everal miles from the Army encampment, Wells, Miller and McClelland, who was the fleet- est soul in Wayne’s Army, hap- pened upon a camp occupied by three Native American warriors. Captain Wells suggested that he and Miller shoot two of the war- riors and McClelland could, ‘run down” the third. Two shots fired simultane- ously and the warrior on the left crumbled to the ground, as did the one on the right. The war- rior in the middle bolted into the woods so quickly it caught them all off guard, but soon Robert McClelland was chasing him through the woods as Miller and Wells reloaded and then fol- lowed. For over a mile the warrior ran, with McClelland growing closer. Abruptly the warrior came to a steep bluff overlook- ing the Miami River and he never broke stride, but jumped far into the air and down several dozen feet before landing in a soft mud bank that ran along the side of the river. McClelland was soon jumping down on top of him and there the two remained in shoulder deep mud when Wells and Miller arrived. With no small effort, Mc- Clelland and the prisoner were hauled from the nrire. Captain Wells thought it prudent to clean McClelland and the prisoner be- fore beginning the journey back to General Wayne’s camp. After the warrior was cleaned it came as no small shock to see he was a white renegade who spoke almost no English. In his native tongue, Henry Miller asked the prisoner if he knew of the one called ‘The Wild Carrot” and introduced Captain Wells. The warrior nodded his understanding and speaking with an Algonquian dialect asked the frontiersmen if they knew Henry Miller. “Yes” Henry Miller replied, somewhat stunned at the ques- tion. “We were captured together,” The warrior explained. “I am his brother Christopher.” Henry Miller was shocked and simply stood there in disbe lief for several long moments be- fore he began to recognize facial features of his long-lost brother. The trip back to General Wayne’s camp was a merry one. The complexity of the Situation was overwhelming for all of them. Christopher Miller was a man in the middle, as to a great degree was Henry Miller and William Wells. Wayne greeted the prisoner cordially and soon Christopher Miller was one of Wayne’s. scouts serving on a special mission. In early August he was sent alone to the village of Miami Sagamore, or Sachem: Chief, Mih-sih-ldna—ahk—wa, or ‘Chief Little Turtle’ as the whites called him, to discuss peace terms be- tween the northern tribes and Wayne’s Army. . little Turtle and Shawnee War Chief, Wayapiersenwah or "The Whirlpool," known as Blue Jacket by Kentucky fron- tiersmen, had recently lated US forces under Generals Josiah Harmer and Arthur St Clair. The defeat of St. Clair was the worst lost ever sustained by US Arnry forces against Native Americans, with over 600 US sol- diers killed and several hundred militia soldiers killed. Christopher Miller knew many of the Native Americans on a very personal leVel. He ex- plained this and his impending concerns with Captain William Wells. “I know Chief little Turtle,” he told Wells. “1 have been treated warmly and graciously by him on many occasions and have been a frequent guest in his lodge. How can I face him?” he asked. William Wells exhaled softly, smiled and hugged Christopher Miller closely, understanding all too well his strange predicament as a man caught between two distinct, enemy cultures. “Do you know Chief little 'l‘urtle’s sister?” Wells asked Miller. “Do you know the one called The Sweet Breeze?” “Yes,” Christopher Miller re- sponded. “Good,” William Wells said as he turned and walked away. ‘Tell her that her husband, Wil- liam Wells, The Wild Carrot, misses her so very dearly.” Such was the complexity of the day between many families on both sides of theconflict They hoped peace would be struck, but it wasn’t, and on Au- gust 20, 1794, the Battle of the Fallen Timbers was fought. Perhaps, dear reader, we will join the Miller brothers, the Wild Carrot, also known as William Wells, his wife-Sweet Breeze and Chief little Turtle, in future columns, if the Good Lord is Loving and Learning Owingsvt I Daycare le Baptisc Church ~ 92 COYIe Street 606-336-4230 INSPECTION PERIOD FOR THE PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT ROLL The Bath County real property tax roll will be opened for inspection from August 9, through August 23, 2021. Under the supervision of the property valuation administrator (PVA) or one of the deputies, any person may inspect the tax roll. Bring Lawn Chairs, Lunch 12:00 Noon & Auction 2:00 pm ALL DONATIONS ARE ACCEPTED FOR PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN DONATIONS ACCEPTED AT CARING HEARTS OF NICHOLAS COUNTY, INC PO BOX 334, CARLISLE, KY 40311 FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Mike Berry: 859-473-0161 Gary Sibert: 859-289-2949 Shari Workman: 606-842-0022 RAIN DATE August 14th, 2021 SIGNS WILL BE POSTED NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCIDENTS This is the January 1, 2021, assessment on which state, county, and school taxes for 2021 will be due on or about November 1, 202 l . The tax roll is in the office of the property valuation administrator in the county courthouso and may be inspected between the hours of 8:30 and 4:00 Monday thru Friday and 9:00-11:00 on Saturdays. Hours for Tuesday, August 10 8t 17 will be until 7:00 pm. Any taxpayer desiring to appeal an assessment on real property made by the PVA must first request a conference with the PVA or a designated deputy. The conference may be held prior to or during the inspection period. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic state of emergency and the continuing need to maintain social distancing, taxpayer conferences with the PVA may be held remotely. Conferences may be held via videoconference, where available, or by telephone; or you may exchange correspondence requesting a conference with the PVA via email or fax. Written documentation supporting your opinion of value will continue to be required. However, you will be instructed on the best method to submit your documentation after contacting our office regarding your request to have a conference. Instructions regarding how conferences will be held this year are available online at qpublic.net/KY/Bath and will be posted at the entrance to the PVA’s office, located at: 17 West Main Street; Owingsville KY. Any taxpayer still aggrieved by an assessment on real property, after the conference with the PVA or designated deputy, may appeal to the county board of assessment appeals. The appeal must be filed with the Bath County clerk’s office no later than August 24, 2021, which is one work day following the conclusion of the inspection period. Please contact the county clerk’s office at 606-674-2613 to receive instructions on the method the office is using to accept appeals this year and to obtain a form that can be used to file your appeal. Any taxpayer failing to appeal to the county board of assessment appeals, or failing to appear before the board, either in per- son or by designated representative, will not be eligible to appeal directly to the Kentucky Board of Tax Appeals. Appeals of personal property assassments (Tangible) shall not be made to the county board of assessment appeals. Personal property taxpayers shall be served notice under the provisions of KRS 132.450(4) and shall have the protest and appeal rights granted under the provisions of KRS 131.110. The following steps should be taken when a taxpayer does not agree with the assessed value of personal property (Tangible) as determined by the property valuation administrator. (1) He must list under protest (for certification) what he believes to be the fair cash value of his property. (2) He must file a written protest directly with the Department of Revenue, Office of Property Valuation within 30 days from the date of the notice of assessment. (3) This protest must be in accordance with KRS 131.110. (4) The final decision of the Department of Revenue may be appealed to the Kentucky Board of Tax Appeals. Jacky S. Watson Bath County Property Valuation Administrator This advertisement was paid for by the Bath County Property Valuation Administrator using tax dollars in the amount of $168. Published in the Bath County News-Outlook 08.05.21