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COMMENT: Columbia neglects connection to Orphan Brigade

Dean Adams offers nomination for Cyrus' question: "What are the 15 most important books of general Adair County historical interest?" He says that attention of this part of Adair County history could result in greater numbers of tourists here
To the editor

The "History of the Orphan Brigade" by Ed. Porter Thompson (corrected from H. Porter Thompson by Mr. Adams. See comment which follows-ed) should receive consideration for this list. At the onset of the civil war men from central and southern Kentucky joined with the south in their fight for independence. Most of them were trained just across the border in Tennessee. When Ky. decided to stay in the Union these men were considered orphans because they had no home state in the confederacy for which they were fighting.

The Orphan Brigade was commanded by Col. Robert Trabue of Columbia until his death. Also, there were other Adair Countians who fought in the Orphan Brigade, beginning with the battle of Shiloh to the opposition of Sherman's march to the sea.

I make this recommendation for these reasons. One, it is a neglected part of Adair County history. Two, we should do more as a community to promote our "Orphan Brigade" heritage as it would add to the number or tourists who visit our area.

Finally, we are in a unique position by virtue of our geographic location. Not every community can boast of the 1st Kentucky Calvary and significant ties to arguably the most famous fighting men of the southern cause.


Dean Adams
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What are the 15 most important books of general Adair County historical interest?

A number of outstanding comments follow the article.
Editor's note:

Thanks, Mr. Adams, for this wonderful comment.

A historical marker on Main Street in Center, Metcalfe County, KY, recognizes a native son, Ed Porter Thompson, the author of "The Orphan Brigade."

Mr. Adams, thanks. We hope you will send more on this fascinating story.


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