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History Monday: A Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1864
By Mike Watson
This Proclamation was issued by Thomas E. Bramlette, Governor of Kentucky, in the name of the Commonwealth, from the Executive Department, Frankfort, Ky., November 16, 1864:
"Thursday, the 24th inst., having been set apart by the Proclamation of the President of the United States to be observed as a day of National Thanksgiving and Prayer, it should be so observed by all the citizens of Kentucky, with that becoming reverence and thankfulness to Almighty God for His manifold mercies bestowed, even while scourging us with war.We were embroiled in a great war, the Civil War, at that time, still some months from the last shot. There was much to be thankful for then, as today. So much has to be repaired for life to continue for the nation, as today.
The Honorable Thomas E. Bramlette, former attorney, circuit judge, Colonel in Federal Volunteer Army during the Civil War, and Governor of Kentucky during much of the War, was elected to that office while residing in Columbia, Adair County. A young daughter, who died during the War, rests in the Columbia City Cemetery.
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