The Battle of Shiloh from a new strategic video game, Ultimate General: Civil War

I am a big fan of strategic games like Total War, and I have discovered a new game coming out called, Ultimate General: Civil War. I watch other fans of this genre that record their battles on YouTube. This video is from Agrippa Maxentius on YouTube, which shows his Battle of Shiloh. I wanted to share with you how I use tactical maneuvers that I learn while reading my history books in these games to see if they work as it was recorded. I hope you enjoy this video:

The Cashon family of Western Kentucky and how Dukedom, Kentucky got its name

FeaturedThe Cashon family of Western Kentucky and how Dukedom, Kentucky got its name

In the Jackson Purchase, and especially in the Graves County region of the state, there will be seen a large number of people with the name Cashon. This is attributed to the one man and his son that brought this family to the region early in America’s history.

In 1824, David Cashon, my fifth great-grandfather, settled in the region from his migration from Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee with his son, Pleasant Jackson Cashon, my fourth great-grandfather. His story is an interesting one because he received a Revolutionary War land grant to settle into the Jackson Purchase in 1824, and in 1832, he petitioned to receive a pension for his service in the war. When one reviews the genealogy records of the Cashon family in Western Kentucky, they will find that they all have this singular ancestor, and they will discover that all of the Cashon’s are directly related. Here are the contents of this petition:

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Paducah and the Civil War

Here is the cover and description of my forthcoming book: Paducah and the Civil War:

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Despite Kentucky’s aim to keep a neutral position in the Civil War and Paducah’s Confederate tendencies, the Union captured the town soon after Confederate troops occupied Columbus. As a result, the Tennessee River and the Cumberland River became permeable entry points for infiltrating farther south and maintaining supply lines deep into Confederate states. That strategic advantage was halted when Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest invaded the town during the Battle of Paducah. Ultimately, a combination of guerrilla warfare tactics and General Eleazer Paine’s Reign of Terror contributed to the Union’s final victory over Paducah. Historian John Cashon recounts the tumultuous struggle for Paducah during the War Between the States.

Description of Cover: The boat at the bottom is the USS Peosta gunboat that was here during the Battle of Paducah. The men at the top are: General U.S. Grant, General Nathan Bedford Forrest, and General Lew Wallace, the author the classic, Ben Hur. They all had a role to play in Paducah.

Release Date: October 10, 2016.

Pre-orders are available at Amazon.com.

Western Kentucky in 1865

FeaturedWestern Kentucky in 1865

The map below is the most detailed map of western Kentucky that I have seen. The full map can be found at the Library of Congress by clicking here. This map shows many of the smaller towns, as well as the roads in the region at this time. Continue reading “Western Kentucky in 1865”

How Paducah, Kentucky got its name

FeaturedHow Paducah, Kentucky got its name

A common story told in the Paducah area is that William Clark, of the Lewis and Clark fame, named Paducah for a Chickasaw chieftain called Chief Paduke, but this is incorrect. Clark was actually referring to a tribe he learned about during his travels exploring the west.

In a letter to his son on April 27, 1827, Clark wrote:

“I expect to go to the mouth of the Tennessee River, and be absent about two weeks. I have laid out a town there and intend to sell some lots in it, the name is Paducah, one of the largest Indian nations known in this country, and now almost forgotten.”

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A message of empathy

A message of empathy

Protecting our constitutional rights is the reason for protest given by many different groups today, and for different reasons, but the idea of freedom and rights is strong in all of us, no matter who we are.

Close your eyes and imagine different groups saying that you are not entitled to the rights given to everyone else. They despise you and call you every derogatory name in the book, and they are condescending toward you like you are stupid, while others tell you that you aren’t even human.

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