Well, 2016 is gone and we look ahead into 2017. The 9th Ky has actually grown the last few years even as other units barely hold onto memberships or fade away. We also are happy to be seeing an interest among younger guys again. For a while there it looked like the youth were only interested in WW2 re-enacting or playing video games as the Civil War participation was aging out. Last year we picked up about 5 or 6 new recruits that look to be ready to stick around.
The unit 2017 calendar is posted on the website and will be updated as things change. As we are coming out of the 154th Stones River anniversary and have about 6 weeks until we get going at Ft. Donelson again, now is the time to repair gear, do maintenance on garments, leathers, muskets, etc. and of course roll rounds.
Rumors of a 155th Shiloh have been around for months. On 11 July, our friend Earl Z. sent out a e-mail to the MDM that The Atlanta Campaign has been asked to step in and host a 155th Shiloh, so the MDM of which we are a part will certainly be involved! The dates will be 6-9 April, 2017! As the 2nd day of Shiloh was the 9th's first battle experience, let's make plans to attend!
There are negotiations also in the works to create a Stones River reenactment in October, 2017. Wrong time of course, but since the Generals in 1862 were so inconsiderate of future reenactors' holiday schedules as to fight when they did, we have to adjust as we can to have any hope of having an event.
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C. Grider was a notable citizen of Bowling Green,
KY who remained zealously loyal to the Union, & diligently worked raising troops &
became the Col. of the 9th KY Vols. Inf. (US). He was brave & gallant
leading his Regiment at Shiloh
& Stones River.
But, honestly, he was frowned on by command for his personal demon with alcohol
as well as not being a regular Army man, so while absent on a leave in early
1863 he was cashiered & replaced. He worked again to raise troops but
never again regained his standing. After the war, he seems to have fallen
greatly in public standing leaving barely any trace of his life in Bowling Green.
Married-into the prominent Underwood family, he was buried in the large
Underwood cemetery plot in Fairview
Cemetery with a simple
marker that noted nothing about his Civil War service.