Civil War Courier November 2022

November 2022 - Volume 36 Issue 4 The Oldest Rebel Has Gone South BY DAVID CHALTAS (THE OLD GENERAL) “When you were born, you cried but the world rejoiced. So you must live your life in such a manner that when you die, the world cries but you rejoice as a warrior go- ing home.” And Glen Brown, that old warrior is rejoicing though we mourn our loss, he rejoices in the reunion. I can only imagine that moment when he is welcomed home by his loved ones and embraced by his Savior, Jesus Christ. I cannot help but smile when I think of this gentle and kind man. In reality his life is his eulogy. For 93 years he walked upon this earth and those who met him were enriched by the experience. He rose early in the morning and gave thanks for being able to do so. Listen to the words of Tecumseh: “When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life, and strength. Give thanks for your food and the joy of living, If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with your- self.” He loved the simple things. Gardening, planting trees, firing that old cannon, spending time with his family and friends. He loved taking pictures of sunrises and sunsets. Now he sees all the glory of God’s cre- ations in heaven!! He loved reenacting and that old cannon! We think he was the oldest reenactor to be on a cannon crew! Mr. Brown had a great sense of humor and his compassion was something we all need to emulate. He made you feel genuinely welcome when you visited or saw him. He carried himself with humil- ity, humbleness of spirit and dignity. He didn’t beat his chest and talk of religion or Where the Dust Never Settles! BY THE OLD GENERAL (DAVID CHALTAS) On August 27-28, 2022, almost 160 years to the day, a reenactment of the Battle of Richmond was held. Unlike the 90-degree heat of that August 29-30, 1862, the weather was moderate in comparison and there wasn’t a four-month drought to contend with. But once you parked and walked upon the sacred soil where two armies clashed in Kentucky’s second largest engagement dur- ing the War Between the States, you could feel history in the air. The reenactment took place on a portion of the grounds where Confederate General Kirby Smith won a decisive victory over Federal General William ‘Bull’ Nelson. In fact, the Battle of Richmond, Kentucky is considered to be the most complete Confed- erate victory during the four-year struggle. According to official after-action reports, the famed Brigadier General Patrick Cle- burne led the advance, accompanied by Colonel John Scott’s cavalry. Charging north from Big Hill, the en- countered Federal troops and the fight- ing began. Cleburne’s brilliance shined through and his tactics pushed the Federal forces from the field. During the encounter General Cleburne was shot in the face. Speculation still revolves around had he not been shot, would the Union army have been completely defeated. The aftermath of the battle saw a total of 5,353 casualties, with 4,303 Union soldiers captured. The Confederate losses were 78 killed with 372 wounded and one soldier missing. The Battle of Richmond Kentucky See DUST page 3 Remembering the life of our oldest reenactor Glen Brown See BROWN page 4