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2 - September 6, 2018 Your Hometown Newspaper News Outlook The opinion page does not reflect the views of the KyNewsGroup. Heaven Is A Lot Like By Charles Mattox "Issue the ordersir, and I will storm Hell." Continental Army General "Mad" Anthony Wayne; July 16, 1779, in re- sponse to General George Washington's order to take Stony Point, New York, a well defended British fort, during the Revolutionary War. General Wayne lead the first column of troops into the fiercely defended fort and was shot in the head, but it was a glancing shot and resulted in no se- rious injury. I'm fascinated with what Nicholas County native, and American Civil War Veteran, Lt. Lot Young, used to call simply, "the vi- cissitudes of war." Young understood how luck and chance were often the dominant factors in sur- vival, and how luck always trumped skill, terrain, strategy and weaponry. Young was one of the lucky few surviving Con- federate Infantry Officers of the Kentucky Orphan Brigade, during the American Civil war, and was recognized with no small amount of adulation following the war. He had survived where over 90 percent of his comrades in arms had perished and his storytelling and ora- tory skills as well as his philosophical and wise counsel to his neighbors near and far, was fre- quently sought. If you visit Lt. Young's grave in the Carlisle Cemetery, as I have often done, and you later travel a few miles toward Mill- ersburg, you'll come upon Miller's Station Road. 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 broth- ers: Major John Miller, who built a fort one mile northeast of Millersburg, and his brother William, who built a fort one mile farther northeast. In 1781 a fort named Well's Station, located southwest of the Miller forts and 30 miles east of Louisville, was attacked with founding militia lead- er Captain Wells being killed and his son William, (a cousin to one of Simon Kenton's later scouts also named William Wells) was taken prisoner. Two young relations of Major John Miller, named Henry Miller and Chris- topher Miller, were taken prisoner from Kentucky at this same time and knew William Wells, or "Wild Carrot" as his Mi- ami adoptive clan mem- bers called him. Henry Miller and Chris- topher were adopted into the Shawnee, who were close relations to the Mi- ami River clans. Following the Black- berry Campaign of 1791 and General Arthur St. Claire's disastrous defeat a year later, Wells and Henry Miller had left their adoptive Native American families and joined the Kentucky forces who later served in 1793-1795 with General Anthony Wayne. Young Christopher Wells, who had been separated from his older Brother Henry several years before had not been heard of in years. Wells and Henry Miller joined Robert McClelland as General Wayne's favor- ite spies. Simon Kenton, Michael Cassidy, Colonel William Sudduth and other men who lived in northeast- ern Kentucky, were also among Wayne's favorites. In mid summer of 1794 General Wayne called upon Captain William Wells to take Henry Mill- er and Robert McClelland out into the forest and bring him a Native Ameri- can prisoner for the pur- pose of interrogation. Within a week's travel, and several miles from the Army encampment, Wells, Miller and McClel- land, who was the fleetest soul in Wayne's Army, happened upon a camp occupied by three native males. Captain Wells sug- gested that he and Miller shoot two of the warriors and McClelland could 'run down" the third. Two shots fired simul- taneously and the war- rior 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 off guard, but soon Robert McClel- land was chasing him through the woods as Miller and Wells reloaded and then followed. For over a mile the war- rior ran, with McClelland growing closer. Abruptly the warrior noticed he was coming to a steep bluff overlooking the Mi- ami River The warrior never broke stride and 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, McClelland and the pris- oner were hauled from the mire. Captain Wells thought it prudent to clean McClelland and the prisoner before beginning the journey back to Gen- eral Wayne's camp: After the warrior was cleaned it came as no small shock to see he was a white renegade. The renegade spoke almost no English, In his native tongue, Henry Miller asked the prisoner if he knew of the one called 'The Wild Car- rot and introduced Cap- tain Wells. The warrior nodded his understand- ing and speaking with an Algonquian dialect asked the frontiersmen if they knew Henry Miller. "Yes" Miller replied. "We were captured to- gether," The warrior ex- plained. "I am his brother Christopher." Henry Miller embraced his long-lost brother and the trip back to General Wayne's camp was a mer- ry one. The complexity of the situation was over- whelming 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 pris- oner cordially and soon Christopher Miller was one of Wayne's scouts serving on a special mis- sion. In early August he was sent alone to the village of Chief Mih-sih- kina-ahk-wa, or Chief Little Turtle as the whites called him, to discuss peace terms between the northern tribes and WaynCs Army. Little Turtle and Blue Jacket had recently anni- hilated US forces under General Josiah Harmer and Arthur St. Clair. The defeat of St. Clair was the worst lost ever sus- tained by US Army forces against Native American, with over 600 US sol- diers killed and several hundred militia soldiers killed. Christopher Miller knew many of the Native Americans on a very per- sonal level. He explained this and his impending concerns with Captain Wells. "I know Chief Little tur- fie," he told Wells. "How can I face him?" he asked. Wells exhaled softly, smiled and hugged Chris- topher Miller closely, un- derstanding all too well his strange predicament as a man caught between two distinct, enemy cul- tures. "Do you know Chief Lit- fie Turtle's sister?" Wells asked Christopher. "Do you know the one called Sweet Breeze?' Yes," Christopher said. "Good," Wells said as he turned and walked away. 'q'ell her that her husband, William Wells, misses her dearly." Such was the complex- ity of the day between many families on both sides of the conflict. They hoped peace would be struck, but it wasn't, and on August 20, 1794, the Battle of the Fallen Timbers was fought. Perhaps we will join the Miller brothers, the Wild Carrot, Sweet Breeze and Little Turtle in future col- umns. By Cecil Lawson This summer I've had the opportunity to travel to the fringes of Central Kentucky to places I've never really visited before. For those fortunate enough, the experience of travel is eye-opening and educational, even if is only a few miles down the road. In the past I had never had much need to drive through Estill County, but this year Lori and I, as Slate Creek Creations, set up our table at the Mountain Mushroom Festival at the Agate and Gem Show at the old high school building on Main Street in Irvine. VIRTUAL historical buildings. Only in the last week ago have I begun to do my pre- The Festival itselfis alike liminary: researches into: a litt :-M --s r-ling f)c tlr.t the Iocal history of both of Day im o cntowa Ir ne and rock h6unds from all over travel to Agate show to trade rocks and stories about their searches for the unique stone found in creek beds and hillsides in Estill County. A few weeks ago we trav- eled to Harrodsburg and set up for three days at the Pioneer Days Festival in at the Old Fort Harrod State Park downtown in the sweltering humidity. The landscape in and around Harrodsburg was a sharp departure from the hills and valleys of this region, consisting of rich, rolling farmland and lots of these places Learning about the lo- cal history of other places helps to crack open a per- son's provincialism and limited perspective. Each county in Kentucky has its own history, its own founders and heroes and villains. At the same time, with 120 counties in close prox- imity to one another, there is bound to be some over- lap, and our roads and byways are the nervous system connecting these communities. Irvine, Kentucky, exists at the intersection of KY 52, which runs from Bos- ton, Ky. to Jackson, and KY 89, which runs from Liv- ingston to McKee. Harrodsbnrg is that the intersection of US 127 (which,runs from Ten- nessee to Cincinnati), US 68 (from Ohio to western Kentucky), and KY 152 (from Loretto to Burgin). I can't speak for others, but I always look forward to learning the context for the places I've visited. It puts my experiences into proper perspective, and as such, literally expands my horizons. To a certain degree it troubles me that more peo- ple don't take a very deep interest in local history, wherever they happen to be. Academics like to call this condition "post-histo- HISTORY ry," in which people live as if we have reached "the end of history," and there is "nothTmg under the Sun, e,iw6/rld achieved all ~at can pos- sibly be achieved. After all, what book, what monument, what anecdote about place and people can compete today with the power of a new smart phone in the hands of child or adult? I suppose the advent of the internet has meant the end of one kind of world and the birth of another, and I can't complain since I am a regular digital citizen, like most other people my age and younger. The problem, for me, is that technology and ac- cess become ends in them- selves, and nothing else matters amidst the ongo- ing distraction that is char- acteristic of our age. "Distracted driving" threatens even our very lives on the road, and the sight of a family sitting in a restaurant and all star- ing at their phones and not talking to one another face- to-face is indicative of the state of our relationships. But like it or not, we al- ready live in a quiet, virtual stream, one of history and previous residents' lives. The internet is a valuable tool to archive and share this history, to be sure, perhaps the most powerful of all, but something is lost in the sea of distraction it creates. I'll not be giving up my history books. Letter to the Editor The quote of "Every school district has to deter- mine what is best for their own students" and "we have the safety and wel- fare of our kids at the top" seems to be lacking and not at all true. All districts no matter how big or small should make safety #1 top priority. In this county, the priority is having a big "fan- cy football field, a big nice boat ramp, etc." The pass- ing back and forth of the "almighty dollar" between all the officials to see who's going to and not going to is getting ridic, lous and stu- pid. It's a shame that our kids have to worry about check- ing to make sure they have their "3 books to stop a bul- let" in their backpack when it could have possibly been stopped at the doors with walk-thru detectors (that don't have to be trained). More important, is on rais- ing their arms to see if they were showing skin, $45.00 t-shirts and how quickly the football field dried out to finish the game. All of this "exploring, hiring and planning" should have been done before school started back and months before. Hopefully some "new fac- es' coming in on the school board will get things done a lot faster. Patty Everman Photo by Cecil Lawson The Bath County Football Wildcats led the charge for their first home game of the season last Friday evening on their new multi-purpose turf field. Realty Phone:859-234-0888 Imlmll A I J'i]~ .~ Cell: 859-588-6906 ~:~,~.~::1 Fax: 859,234-3220 all faillE ~ Email: allisonsconcrete@hotmail.com When an apple a day isn't enough, call the Physician Referral Line Matching you to the right physician at the right time is our specialty. Call today- the service is free!