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Short follow up on B.F. Chewning from Mike Watson

Historian Mike Watson sends details of his Civil War service, his post Civil War days and an unusual memento, and about a very sumptuous dinner spread for his guests, all ex-Federal Civil War soldiers. And there's a hint of another book in the works, Veterans of Adair County.

By Mike Watson

Greeting, Ed, I have this short follow-up to Brother Jim's B.F. Chewning item, from my Adair Countians in the Civil War the works for Veterans of Adair County, if you can use it. - MW


Chewning, Benjamin F.--AG has Chenning, 1st Sergeant, Company G, 13 KY Infantry, enrolled as private 23 September 1862 Camp Andy Johnson, age 18; mustered 31 December 1861 Camp Hobson; often detailed as wagoner, promoted to 1st Sergeant 26 September 1864; mustered out 12 January 1865 Louisville; born 29 January 1844, died 31 January 1933, buried Columbia City Cemetery; married Sarah A. Cowherd 1865 Green County; was part owner and operator of a livery stable in Columbia, Adair County and was a US government gauger for distilleries for some years. Baptist and a Mason.

The following story from the Adair County News, Columbia, KY, 19 August 1908:"Mr. B.F. Chewning, of this place, who was a soldier in the Federal army during the war of the rebellion, has a reminder of his soldier days in his possession which he expects to keep so long as he lives. In the fall of 1862 he was camped at Munfordsville. One day after drawing his rations he wrapped up a 'hardtack' cracker which he has kept to this day. It is well preserved and is perhaps the oldest piece of bread in the United States--forty-six years."

Adair County News, 2 September 1908: "Mr. B.F. Chewning and wife entertained the following gentlemen last Saturday, a very sumptuous dinn er being spread: Z.M. Staples, W.E. Hancock, Geo. Nell, M.L. Mitchell, W.R. Willis, J.R. Hindman and G.A. Kemp. All the parties named were ex-Federal soldiers and all in the same command excepting Mr. Nell and Mr. Mitchell. It was a happy gathering, many old war stories being told."

Compiled by Mike Watson

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