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Quilting During the Civil War

Apr 27, 2012
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The American Quilters Society’s annual show is winding down in Paducah, and quilters have seen nearly every fabric, design and stitch associated with the art of quilting. The city has been covered in quilts. Yet, as the 150th anniversary of the Civil War continues, Casey Northcutt investigates a time when fabric was scarce and quilts were relief supplies sent to soldiers.  Of the quilts women did manage to piece together, only a portion remains today, serving as a testament to the hardships of the time.

Postmark Commemorating Kentucky Battle

Apr 20, 2012
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A special postmark is being issued as part of the re-enactment of the Civil War Battle of Sacramento in western Kentucky. The U.S. Postal Service will offer the postmark starting Tuesday as part of a series of commemorations marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which took place from 1861 to 1865. The postmark will be available at a log cabin near the battlegrounds in Sacramento. The Battle of Sacramento took place on December 28, 1861 between Union Major Eli H. Murray and Confederate Col. Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Civil War locations throughout Kentucky and Tennessee are participating in the 16th annual Park Day activities this coming Saturday.  The Civil War Trust sponsored event involves volunteers in clean up and site restoration.  In our region, Kentucky’s Columbus-Belmont State Park and Tennessee’s Fort Donelson National Battlefield and National Cemetery will host volunteers.  Starting times for each location will vary.  We’ll have a link to a full list of sites at WKMS dot org.

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Conflict and uncertainty can make life difficult for minorities in the United States.  As we’ve seen, events of the last decade have led some to be suspicious of American Moslems.  This isn’t new in our history.  During the U.S. Civil War, it was Jewish Americans who came under suspicion.  Adding to existing prejudices were broad accusations of trading with Confederates and undermining the Union.  Things came to a head in December 1862 when U.S. Major General, and future President, Ulysses S.

In the conclusion of our 2011 documentary about the Civil War in the Four Rivers, Todd Hatton looks at the little-known Battle of Paducah, where Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest first tasted defeat at the hands of African-American Union soldiers.

In the second installment of our 2011 documentary on the Civil War in the Four Rivers region, Producer Todd Hatton takes us through the Civil War's beginning in our area, and the west's first significant campaign, Forts Henry and Donelson.

In this special WKMS  News presentation that originally aired on July 21, 2011, Producer Todd Hatton takes us back in time to the eve of war in the Jackson Purchase of 1861.  In this first segment, we find out what kind of place western Kentucky was 150 years ago, and look at the people and issues that brought the Commonwealth into the conflict.

Anniversary of Ft. Donelson Battle Bonds Dover

Feb 9, 2012

The Battle of Fort Donelson took place near Dover, Tennessee 150 years ago. The battle lasted six days and ended in surrender to Union forces. Today, residents of Dover are commemorating that battle with a series of events. Rose Krzton-Presson visited Dover and spoke with community members about how the town’s history has shaped what it is today.

"The Battle of For Donelson: A Retrospective" runs this weekend at Rose Ella Village in Dover. For more anniversary events, click here.

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