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Camp Boyle important part of Adair County, KY history

'One thing is for sure; the citizens of Adair County should erect an historical marker at the site of Camp Boyle, to the Camp itself, and to the 13th Kentucky volunteer Calvary. This is an important part of Adair County history that should not be forgotten' - CHRIS BENNETT

By Chris Bennett

In the winter of 1863 my GGG grandfather, Elisha Bennett, his son James Oliver, and his nephew Ananias made the long trip on horseback from the Fairplay area to Columbia, where they joined the Union army at Camp Boyle. At this location they enlisted in the 13th Kentucky volunteer cavalry on what is now the Barbee property. My grandfather was 43 years old, and his son was 19 years old. My grandfather was also a veteran of the war with Mexico, belonging to Captain Jack Squires Company.



After the success at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, president Abraham Lincoln sent out a decree that every able-bodied man should join the Union army to finish the war. I would imagine this is why my ancestors volunteered at camp Boyle, along with the promise of a steady paycheck and the expectation of shooting at rebels.

Of course we know now that in 1863 the Southerners were far from being whipped. Both sides would experience another year and a half of indescribable torture, at the hands of the gods of war.

As far as the Battle at Tebb's bend, at best it slowed down the Confederate Army for a few hours and inflicted a few casualties. It was not a great victory for the Union Army; rather it delayed Morgan's men a few hours. Their target, the rail hub at Lebanon, Kentucky was a valuable prize. When the Southerners arrived at Lebanon they fought a fierce battle and kicked the Yankees rears.

I wish I could write more about the war for Southern Independence today, but I have a research paper due tonight on Russian history, of all things!

These NKU Ph.D.'s won't let me write about stuff I want to write about. I have to write about con-founded stuff like industrial psychology, organizational leadership, and Russian history. Maybe someday I can write about river trips, airplane crashes and cave exploration, etc.

One thing is for sure; the citizens of Adair County should erect an historical marker at the site of Camp Boyle, to the Camp itself, and to the 13th Kentucky volunteer Calvary. This is an important part of Adair County history that should not be forgotten. - Chris Bennett


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