Sunday, February 7, 2016



The Reunion of the Confederate soldiers who belonged to the company organized by Dr. J. E. Pendleton in Hartford, after September, 1861. Was the most enjoyable feature of the first day of the Ohio County Fair. 

Of the 125 gallant young men who enlisted under Dr. Pendleton, only a small remnant is left.  Of the few surviving members, the following were present:

            Capt. J. W. Ford, Hartford, who is the only surviving officer of
            Company C., 9th KY Infantry;
Dr. James Morton, Hartford
J. L. Collins, Hartford
Judge L. Reid, Rockport
W. R. Chapman, Beaver Dam
John Chinn, Beaver Dam
James Chinn, Beda.

Those present from other commands were:

            Frank Chinn, Heflin,  and W. O. Holbrook, Hartford, with 10th KY;
            Dudley Ford and C. A. Hudson, Hartford, with 8th KY.

The members of the families of the old comrades and other invited guests were as follows:

            Mrs. James Chinn, Beda;
            Mrs. Mollie Boswell, Owensboro;
Mrs. Fred Taylor, and son, Rumsey Barnes Taylor, and niece Miss Myrl Miller;
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Cooper
Mrs. John Chinn, and Mrs. Albert Chinn
Esquire S. L. Fulkerson, Rockport
Mrs. J. W. Ford
Mrs. Dudley Ford, and sons, Conner & James, and daughters, Misses  Lizzie and Lorena Ford.
Mrs. Hettie Howard, and  niece  Miss Hattie Glenn
Mrs. E. T. Williams
E. P. Barnett
Rev. N. F. Jones and family
Mrs. Lydia Conner
Miss Nona Rhoads
F. L. Felix, Hartford

After taking good advantage of the opportunity furnished the old comrades on this occasion, to exchange pleasant greetings and talk over the trials and hardships of the war, interspersed with the pranks played on one another in these trying times, the good ladies announced dinner which had been prepared by the wives and daughters of the old comrades.  After the blessings of Him who rules all, had been invoked by Rev. Jones, every one present partook of as fine a dinner as was ever prepared.  In fact, the most epicurean taste could not have wished for better. 

All having been bountifully fed and plenty to spare, the old comrades organized by electing Mr. J. W. Ford, President and Dudley Ford, Secretary, and after a unanimous vote of thanks to the good ladies for the bountiful repast, as well as determining to have a similar reunion each succeeding Ohio County Fair, an adjournment was had.

NOTES.—Mr. Dudley Ford exhibited a gold watch on this occasion that was formerly owned by his father-in-law, Capt. J. W. Johnson, of Shelby County.  The watch was lost during a battle in 1862 and was plowed up and returned to Capt. Johnson by the farmer who found it in 1863."    

Source:  The Hartford Herald,
Ohio County, Kentucky
Issue of September 6, 1908

Information from the Internet:
The 9th Kentucky Infantry Regiment was an infantry regiment served in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.  It was part of the First Kentucky  Brigade.   The infantry is the branch of a military force that fights on foot. As the troops who are intended to engage, fight, and defeat the enemy in face-to-face combat, they bear the brunt of  warfare and typically suffer the greatest number of casualties.


Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.


This article was researched and submitted by Janice Brown

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