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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 should praise and thank Him that we are yet preserved as a Nation, and that the hope of a preserved nationality, and a restored unity and peace to our distracted country, is still kept--as the Vestal flame--aglow in the hearts of the people. As a People and a Nation we have much--very much--for which to give Him thanks and praise, not only for blessings bestowed upon us, but for evils which He has withheld.

"Let, therefore, all business pursuits be suspended on Thursday, the 24th, inst., and all the people, with devout hearts of thankfulness to 'Him whose ways are not as man's ways,' assemble at their respective places of worship, and offer thanksgiving and praise to Him for the blessings He has bestowed and the evils He hath withheld; and pray that He will so order the issues of battle, and the councils of State, as to give to us a restoration of our national unity in the bonds of brotherly peace."

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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