November 11, 3013 – Hazard, KY: The Ben Caudill Camp #1629 is very pleased to announce that the 275-page book, that chronicles the veterans of the 13th Kentucky Cavalry, is finally available. A shipment is expected this week followed by distribution beginning at the Camp meeting on November 21st. The price will be $20, with a generous portion of the proceeds going directly into the Camp’s bank account. For those who cannot attend our meetings, a copy of the book can be obtained directly from the printer at:
Lulu’s price is $17.98 plus $3.99 S&H, bringing the total to $21.97. The Camp will receive $5.06 for each book purchased directly from the printer.
“This long-awaited book contains the entire roster of the 13th Kentucky Cavalry, a Confederate regiment that was made up mostly of men from southeastern Kentucky, complemented with volunteers from Virginia and Tennessee. Many of the regiment’s engagements are described in great detail, including the fateful events that occurred when elements of “Caudill’s Army” rode through Kentucky with the famed general, John Hunt Morgan, on his “Last Raid”. The Ben Caudill Camp No. 1629 is also pleased to share dozens of period and post-war photographs of many of Caudill’s cavalrymen.”
May 25, 2013 – Pike County, KY: On a hill at the mouth of Yates Hollow, overlooking Greasy Creek, in the Mary Yates Cemetery, we all came together for a Confederate stone-setting and dedication. Chaplain Lawrence Cook had already done the research, obtained the headstone, sent out the invitations and made all the necessary preparations. Historian Faron Sparkman and I arrived early, along with a few descendants; so we had little to do but wait and watch as the others arrived. Soon, Raymond Isaacs, Quenton Childers and Garland Kiser were there with their muskets, uniformed and ready for duty. Finally, Lawrence and the headstone arrived, and the action began.
A swarm of descendants and friends surrounded the truck, extracted the headstone, whisked it up the hill and delivered it to the gravesite. It took but a short time to dig a proper hole, erect the headstone, and cement in into its final resting place.
With Chaplain Cook presiding, everyone present introduced themselves before a prayer of thanksgiving was offered. Faron then read two passages from the Chaplains’ Handbook; “What Do These Stones Mean?” and “The Confederate Dead”. Direct descendants, including Bruce Hopkins and his brother Paul, shared some of their family’s history; and, a photograph of the veteran and his wife was passed around.
Finally, the honor guard marched to the graveside and fired three volleys over the grave. Raymond Isaacs offered a closing prayer, the honor guard marched away from the gravesite, and the small crowd gradually dismissed themselves from the cemetery.
Today’s dedication ceremony was held on behalf of Private Zachariah Phillips (1825 – 1865), a Confederate soldier who served in Company C of Diamond’s 10th KY Cavalry.
Submitted by Manton Ray Cornett
April 21, 2013 -- Historian Faron Sparkman provided these updated statistics for stones:
Eastern Kentucky Confederate Stones Set - 1,325
13th Burial Sites Located 900
13th KY Stone Set - 690
Diamonds 10th KY Stone Set - 106
Johnson County 35
Letcher County 174
Perry County 106
Pike County 15
April 13, 2013 – Johnson County, KY: Faron and I left Hazard with one of our two available headstones and all the tools and supplies that we would need to complete the job. We stopped in Hindman and picked up our young companion and headed for Floyd County. There, we were joined by our long-time local historian and guide, Joe Skeens. Finally, we drove to the Auxier Cemetery, where we found the gate locked! Nobody was around to unlock the gate, so we decided to make the most of our time and search for a few of the headstones that had been placed years ago without their GPS coordinates having been recorded. After visiting three cemeteries and recording the locations of six Confederate graves, we went back to the Auxier Cemetery. We were elated when Joe made contact with the landowner, who appeared within a matter of minutes to unlock the gate.
We drove up the steep dirt road to the old cemetery, located the grave, unloaded everything we needed and headed across the ditch, up the bank and toward the cemetery. About half-way there, one of the wheels fell off the dolly and the headstone flipped over. We had to unstrap the headstone and hand-carry it the rest of the way. It was fortunate for us that we had our newest recruit, Clinton Revis, with us. We placed the new headstone for 3rd CPL William H. Davis near the graves of his wife, Rebecca Mays and first husband, Private Samuel Auxier. Davis served in Company B of the 2nd Battalion KY Mounted Rifles while Auxier was a member of Company E of the 5th KY Infantry.
We couldn’t have done this without Joe Skeens as our guide and without the strong back and willing spirit of Clint Revis. After dropping off Joe at his house and saying good-bye to Clint in Hindman, Faron and I started planning our next move while driving back to Perry County.
Submitted by Manton Ray Cornett
March 6, 2013: Our December Camp meeting was abbreviated as we spent the bulk of our time socializing at our Christmas Dinner and Awards Program. Then, our January meeting couldn’t even muster up a quorum due to foul weather. We did have our February meeting as scheduled and we now look forward to another productive year.
So, what have we been doing throughout these long and restrictive months? For one thing, the Camp decided last fall to go forth with efforts to publish a book describing the men and the accomplishments of the Confederate 13th Kentucky Cavalry. We are pleased to report that significant strides have been taken in that direction.
The Book Committee has been meeting on a monthly basis, and much work has been done between meetings. The Roster of the 13th KY has been edited and formatted into a form suitable for publication. A History of the 13th has been submitted to the committee; and, it has been edited and formatted. Maps of the areas where engagements with the enemy took place are being imbedded within the text of the history. Photos of soldiers are being collected and will be included in a separate section of the book.
The next meeting of the Book Committee will be March 20 at 3PM in the Perry County Public Library in Hazard. We are working hard to have everything in place for publication by July 1, this year!
Submitted by Manton R. Cornett, Book Committee Member
1 January 2013 -- Happy New Year! Compatriot Carroll opened the jounal effective for 2013.