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Paris UDC holds June meeting

Paris UDC holds June meeting

Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 8:00 pm

Paris 2521, United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), met June 16 at 10:30 a.m. in the Paris City Hall meeting room. Sandra L. Paschall presented the program, “The Skirmish at Sacramento, Kentucky,” and its link to the UDC.
By early 1862, the War consisted mostly of small skirmishes that provided much-needed experience for the commanders and their soldiers. Kentucky, a border state, provided a testing ground for many future commanders.  Nathan Bedford Forrest and Adam Rankin Johnson for the south, and Eli H. Murray for the north, were three such men who were involved in the skirmish at Sacramento.
Early in November 1861, Forrest set up winter headquarters at Hopkinsville. The headquarters of a Union division were located across the Green River at Calhoun.
The morning of Dec. 28, 1861, Forrest headed north. He engaged a group of Union soldiers near Sacramento.  Soon after firing shots, Forrest realized he did not have enough men to continue, so he allowed them to fall back.
With the arrival of more troops, he had some to dismount and fire into the Union troops. He also sent out mounted troops to continuously fire on the Federals. In the final moments of the skirmish, hand-to-hand combat was engaged.
Capt. Ned Meriwether was the first Confederate casualty of this skirmish. He was killed by two balls through the head.
As the Union troops retreated to Sacramento, local citizens fired on them as they rode through the rural town. Some of these citizens were arrested and taken to Calhoun, where they were released after taking the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.
This skirmish had little significance or impact on the war.  Charles Edward “Ned” Meriwether was the brother of Caroline Meriwether Goodlett, co-founder of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
The president presented a Certificate of Membership during the meeting to Emily Conroy for her ancestor Richard Bibb Cary, who served in Co. A, 2nd Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry.
Information for the year-end reports was completed.
Donna Cooley, chairman, gave the recommendations of the Nominating Committee for the 2012 – 14 officers. They will be installed at the August meeting.
Mrs. Cooley read portions of the June Historian General’s program, “Mary Boykin Chesnut,” and the July program, “Monuments to a Hero.”
The group will not meet in July.  The Aug. 18 meeting will be a luncheon at Tom’s Pizza and Steakhouse in Paris.
Published in The WCP 6.26.12

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