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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.

McCracken County Presidential Election Results from 1976 to 2012

McCracken County Presidential Election Results from 1976 to 2012
Democrat Republican Other Total
2012 Election 10,062 19,979 510 30,551
Democrat Republican Winner
32.94 % 65.40 % Republican Romney
   
Democrat Republican Other Total
2008 Election 11,285 19,043 426 30,754
Democrat Republican Winner
36.69 % 61.92 % Republican McCain
Democrat Republican Other Total
2004 Election 11,361 18,218 218 29,797
Democrat Republican Winner
38.13 % 61.14 % Republican Bush
Democrat Republican Other Total
2000 Election 11,412 14,745 532 26,689
Democrat Republican Winner
42.76 % 55.25 % Republican Bush
Democrat Republican Other Total
1996 Election 12,670 10,221 2,396 25,287
Democrat Republican Winner
50.10 % 40.42 % Democrat Clinton
Democrat Republican Other Total
1992 Election 13,341 10,657 3,155 27,153
Democrat Republican Winner
49.13 % 39.25 % Democrat Clinton
Democrat Republican Other Total
1988 Election 12,208 12,160 275 24,643
Democrat Republican Winner
49.54 % 49.34 % Democrat Dukakis
Democrat Republican Other Total
1984 Election 12,535 12,903 390 25,828
Democrat Republican Winner
48.53 % 49.96 % Republican Reagon
Democrat Republican Other Total
1980 Election 13,365 10,281 679 24,325
Democrat Republican Winner
54.94 % 42.27 % Democrat Carter
Democrat Republican Other Total
1976 Election 14,956 6,997 734 22,687
Democrat Republican Winner
65.92 % 30.84 % Democrat Carter

Source: Kentucky.gov Presidential Election results from 1976 to 2012 except 2000. 2000 is from uselectionatlas.org.

George Washington’s prophetic warning against political parties

George Washington’s prophetic warning against political parties

With all of the fighting between the political parties, many people are defined by which party they belong and the issues that they stand for. Partisan attacks and polarization have become the norm, and the division in the nation is clearly growing to an alarming level.

Whether you are liberal or conservative minded, it is the issues that divide us and sets us into one camp or the other, and in order to allow all citizens of the United States to have their voices heard, a big picture view is needed to find a direction that we want our country to move for the future.

By only focusing on issues, it makes it easy for us to forget the most important fact that we are all American citizens, which have many differing ideas, and this fact will remain no matter what issues we decide are the most important to each of us.

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Davy Crockett and the coon skin trick

Davy Crockett and the coon skin trick

On October 19, 1818, the Jackson Purchase areas between the Mississippi and the Tennessee Rivers were included in the land treaty between the United States and the Chickasaw Indian Nation including the parts of Tennessee between these rivers down to the Mississippi line. One of the early pioneers into this area was Davy Crockett.

While he was stumping for congress in his frontier Weakley County, Tennessee district in 1835, Davy Crockett relates a story about how a coon skin trick helped him get elected.

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Alben W. Barkley – Paducah’s pillar of politics

Alben W. Barkley – Paducah’s pillar of politics

If you have driven down Alben Barkley Drive in Paducah, Kentucky, seen Alben Barkley’s name on the historical markers in town, flew out of Barkley Regional Airport, or spent the day at Barkley Lake, this name will be familiar to you, but do you really know who he was and his accomplishments?

For those that are history enthusiasts living in the area, Alben Barkley Drive brings back the memories of Paducah’s most famous politician, that had a remarkable career in politics in the House of Representatives, as the Majority Leader in the Senate and as the 35th Vice President of the United States with President Harry S. Truman from 1949 to 1953.

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