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Gen. Forrest in Owensboro during the Civil War
Posted by: Eric Borgman (ID *****0849) Date: August 07, 2013 at 11:35:45
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I'm trying to narrow down events in the life of one of my ancestors Frank Wecker who was a drummer in the Confederate Army and who was said to have been arrested in Owensboro and held in a prison there only being released when a Gen. Forrest entered Owensboro. Does anyone know about a General Forrest entering Owensboro? I haven't found any info.

Here is the information from an article from Sunday, March 26, 1905, in the Owensboro Messenger.


"His first experience as a soldier drummer was when he went away from Owensboro with captain Jack Thompson's company of "Dixie Guards." This company left Owensboro May 28, 1861. After one year's service the whole company was mustered out, but Wecker had such a taste for soldier life that he at once joined the Third Virginia battery as a drummer."

"Soon after enlisting in this division he was sent by his captain to Louisville with important letters to Cols. Throckmorton and Alexander, who were noted friends of the Confederacy, and who then lived in Louisville.m One of the purposes of these letters was to have these gentlemen procure quinine then badly needed. This could not be obtained at once and the delay gave Mr. Wecker a chance to visit his old Owensboro home. On his arrival here he was arrested by Provost Marshal John R. Grissom and placed in military prison here. There he lingered for sometime until Gen. Forrest entered the city and released him."


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