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Author Ron Wolford Blair at Hiestand House 1 May 2016
Civil War Author, Ron Blair, to discuss new Book on Adair County's Union Col. Wolford at Hiestand House/Taylor County Museum
By Virginia Graves
Ron Blair will discuss his recent book Wild Wolf, a detailed biography of Union Colonel Frank Wolford, during a free event the Hiestand House-Taylor County Museum, 1075 Campbellsville Bypass, Campbellsville, KY, on Sunday, May 1 at 12:30pmCT/1:30pmET.
Col. Wolford was a native of Adair County, KY. He organized and was the commander of the First Kentucky Union Cavalry, recruiting men from Taylor, Adair and Casey counties. He fought in over 300 battles and skirmishes, was wounded seven times, and had eight horses shot from under him during the war.
During the summer of 1863, he chased his nemesis, Confederate raider John Hunt Morgan 24 days and over 1,000 miles on horseback during Morgan's great raid into Indiana and Ohio. But it was Wolford's disagreements with the Lincoln administration over the enlistment of black soldiers and perceived civil rights violations that nearly swayed Kentucky to join the Confederacy in March of 1864.
Wolford was arrested by direct order of President Lincoln and was brought to Washington to meet with him. Blair will explain how Lincoln handled this Kentucky crisis and his disagreement with Wolford.
Following the war, Wolford served from 1883-1887 in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is buried in Columbia.
Ron Blair is the great-great nephew of Col. Wolford. He is a graduate of Xavier University of Cincinnati and has authored stories for Cincinnati Enquirer and the Lexington Herald. He was a contributing author of the book, Kentucky's Civil War: 1861-1865, which won a Governor's Award.
Wild Wolf is the first biography of Wolford and has been Blair's lifelong project. Blair is a member of the Civil War Trust for the preservation of Civil War Battlefields, multiple Civil War roundtable organizations, the Kentucky Historical Society, Friends of Henry Clay, and a member of the Morgan's Men Association. He resides in Lexington.
d The event will give attendees the chance to speak with the author and purchase copies of his book. Free refreshments will be served. The Hiestand House-Taylor County Museum is located on the Hodgenville Road immediately past Walmart and Holiday Inn Express. The event is being co-sponsored along with the Tebbs Bend Battlefield Association.
This story was posted on 2016-04-23 07:20:50
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