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News Outlook Your Hometown Newspaper November 06, 2014 - 19 A House Divided: Bath County's involvement in the Civil War Photo by Cecil Lawson An historical marker on Main Street, Owingsville, across from the Post Office gives information on the life of Gen. Hood. By..Rob Kiskaden The final part in a three part series Kentucky had twenty- two courthouses burned during the Civil War. Most were burned by Con- federate troops or guer- rilla forces, with nineteen burned within the final fifteen months of the war. Bath County's courthouse wasn't spared; however, it wasn't due to hostile ac- tion. On March 21, 1864, Federal troops were tem- porarily quartered in the courthouse, which was a two story wood frame structure that stood where the present day court- house is located, It was a cold night and the soldiers had the coal stove fired up as they settled in. Soon, word came that Confed- erate troops were on the move toward Owingsville and the Federals hastily prepared themselves to en- gage the incoming rebels. In their haste, the overheat- ed stove was turned over, starting a fire. The wood frame building became quicy consumed and was ,. : :. : . JlJ destroyed as the:Umon soldiers marched on. Sev- eral vital records were lost in the fire; records that reflected back to Bath County's earliest days. Rueben Gudgell and J. Monroe Nesbitt petitioned the Federal Government to replace the courthouse, and the present day build- ing was erected in 1866, at a cost of $34,000.00. Court was held in the Method- ist Church on West Main Street in Owingsville until the courthouse was com- pleted. A large white two story house sits on East Main Street in Owingsville across from the post office. It is occupied by Owings- ville's Mayor, Gary Hunt, and is not a uniquely or- nate house, and not even a house of Civil War impor- tance since it wasn't built until the early 1900's. The Civil War connection isn't the house, but the property it stands on. Confederate General John Bell Hood was born on the spot of Mayor Hunt's home June 1, 1831. It was a simple house built of log and plank weather boarding with a large stone chimney. Hood graduated West point m 1853 and was com- missioned as a second Photos courtesy of Bath County Memorial Library Above: The home of Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood, who was born in Owingsville on Main Street in 1831. The home was demolished around 1920. Right: Gen. John Bell Hood lieutenant in the 4th US Infantry stationed in Cali- fornia. Soon afterward, he transferred to Texas and the 2nd US Cavalry where one of his commanding of- ricers was Robert E. Lee. While on the Western Frontier, Hood was injured during an Indian attack and lost use of a hand. When the Civil War broke out, Hood joined the Confed- eracy and was promoted to colonel with the 4th Texas Infantry, later known as the Texas Brigade. It was with this brigade that Hood gained the Confederacy its first major victory at Gaine's Mills in Hancock County, Virginia in June, 1862. General Hood's Brigade fought at Gettys- burg, then at The Battles of Franklin and Nashville, Tennessee, where Hood was now the Commander- in-Chief of the Tennessee Army. During the Battle of Nashville, Hood lost a leg and resigned his command January 23, 1865. He re- tired to San Antonio, Texas and died of yellow fever in New Orleans August 30, 1879. On a personal note, it:is interesting thaffy third great-grandfather  fought against Hood's Army at Franklin and Nashville. Laban J. Kiskaden was a private with the 175th Ohio Volunteer Infantry who fought on the same soil as Hood's men. He was wounded during the battle, losing sight in his right eye and nearly losing a leg. The Hood House was torn down around 1920; an editorial in the Bath Coun- ty News Outlook during that time tells of the "disre- gard for our town's history and value of the older plac- es that are being torn down and erased from memory". A bronze historical marker stands along the street marking the location of the Hood House, but the mark- er's placement has been a cause for some debate over the years. Ginger Kincaid, a local blogger and historian who authors http://journalsof- burlkincaid.blogspot.com, tells me that her husband's family once lived in the Hood House before it was razed, and that the histori- cal marker is quite possibly not at the correct location. Could it be that someone opposed the marker due to the Southern connota- The winter of 1864 erty as terrified residents brought action to Sharps- fled into the street. The burg and Bethel; the first rebels gathered the pegple occurring in Bethel on the in the middle of the street night of December 4. Rebel and held them at bay while guerrillas raided and plun- House Divide-"u, dered the town, burning cont. on pg. 2O stores and damaging prop Tribute in Honor of Bo Otis Floating lantern vigil to be held in loving memory of Bo Otis. Hoping to light up the sky with floating lanterns at dusk. We would like t6 friends and community member gather together to; and pay to Bo's life and what would" his 21st Saturday, 15th 6:00- p.m. at the'. Education Marketing Cente KY.-. 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