Oklahoman Says The First Gun Was Fired And The First Blood Was Shed In Cave City, Barren County; One Federal Troop Killed
Author Unknown – 1894
Passing down the streets of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Territory (in June 1894), the writer was introduced to a gentleman slightly past middle age. The Oklahoma man courteously inquired where the newspaper man was from, and, on being told Barren County, exclaimed: “Barren County! Why, it was right in that county that the first gun was fired and the first blood shed in Kentucky during the late (Civil) war. I know all about it, for I was there myself.”
Upon being questioned, he said that it was in a fight at a gentleman’s residence near Park, and that the gentleman’s name was Hutcherson. The Oklahoman was thoroughly conversant about the details of the fight and had evidently participated in it. Investigation reveals the fact that he knew what he was talking about, and that he was probably correct in his assertion that the first gun fired in real war in Kentucky, and the first blood spilling in the state, between soldiers on each side, occurred in Barren County.
From this gentleman himself, and from others engaged in the fight, as well as Thompson’s History of the First Kentucky Brigade, the following account of the affair is gleaned:
On the morning of October 10, 1861, Colonel Lewis, then encamped at Cave City, Barren County, Kentucky, learned that an apprehended movement was on foot to arrest Mr. C. B. Hutcherson, living near the intersection of the Munfordville and Burkesville Road with that running from Greensburg (Green County) to Glasgow (Barren County). His character had never been other than that of the gentleman and enterprising citizen. His crime was that he favored the Southern government. By request, Colonel Lewis agreed to send ten men, as volunteers, to guard him against what was ….
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