This is concerning the memorial service at the Ballard County High School for Cpl. William Franklin Day. I heard about this from Sandy Hart of Wickliffe.
I felt I had to attend this memorial for several reasons. One, if my mother hadn't had a stroke and me being sent home for a week, I would have been in the same battle as Cpl. Day was. He being on the east side of the Chosin Reservoir. I would have been on the west side with C. Company, 1st Battalion, 7th. Regiment, 1st Marine Division.
Thank God I missed that battle. I arrived in Korea two months after Cpl. Day was reported missing.
I thought the memorial service was first class and everyone involved should get an A+. Thank you all at Ballard County High School and all others involved.
Finally! Dust was blown from the pages of history and The Paducah Sun brought the remarkable feat of Paducah's Black American Union soldiers upon the Sun's front page.
General Nathan B. Forrest was the most calculating, cold, cruel Confederate commander, who bragged he never lost a battle. Forrest came to raid Paducah. Upon learning of Fort Anderson's Black troops, he became enraged and decided to attack the fort.
The most compelling piece of this history is the fact that Fort Anderson's Black troops repelled three attacks with cannon balls.
One historical marker at 6th and Park Avenue, recently removed, denotes that Col. Albert Thompson and many of his troops were killed by cannon balls.
Another, in front of the Katterjohn Building on Broadway, denotes that the Confederates lost 300 men and withdrew.
Those who honor their heritage say Forrest accomplished his mission by cutting off some supply lines and getting fresh horses and won the battle.
Others who are proud of the Americans who repelled Forrest's Confederates three times, causing many cannon ball casualities, say the Americans won.
Weigh the facts, and you decide.
Thanks to Murray State University's history professor Bill Mullican and Paducah's Jim Hank, a Civil War historian, for blowing off the dust.
GLADMAN C. HUMBLES
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