A Lonely Grave

This article is taken in its entirety from The Daily News, the first daily paper at Glasgow, KY, and the article is dated Friday, December 24, 1886.

“Out on the hill near Captain Carr’s is a lonely grave, which deserves better treatment than it has so far received.  It is the grave of Newton Green, a Confederate soldier who died here during the war.  Green belonged to the 37th Tennessee regiment, Company F.  One night the regiment went into camp there, and Green was well and hearty.  The next morning he was dead.  The surgeon was afraid to order his burial, so life-like was the corpse, and he cut a piece out of his throat to be sure of the fact.  It didn’t bleed, and so he ordered the man buried.  A grave was dug within 5 feet of where the dead soldier lay, and he was tumbled into it.  Our townsman, Mr. Jake Coombs, who belonged to the same command, knew Green well, says he was a good soldier, and has himself put up a modest wooden head-board at the grave of his comrade.  The grave of a good soldier deserves a better fate than this.

“There is also the grave of a soldier on the lot owned by Mr. JT Currie, in the eastern end of town.  He was shot for robbery and depredations on Mr. Ed Huggins’, place during the war, and was buried where shot.”

This marks the end of the newspaper clipping.  I have never been in search of the Green grave, but I do know that Judge Carr lived at the Heights for many years, and the house was owned for many recent years, until their deaths, by Dr. and Mrs. Daryl Harvey.  I also know that those who have been to the lone grave gave witness that it was further east of the house, in a small ravine, off the bluff across the creek from Twyman Park.

The soldier mentioned buried on the JT Currie place, is the same soldier I mentioned in the last article as having been executed at the foot of East Washington Street and its confluence with Franklin Street, or better known as Common Street in those days.  The property on which Franklin Manor Apartments now stands comes back to this intersection, and Big Spring goes right under Washington and Franklin here and continues on beside Sam Terry Drive, crossing Mill Street, or better known as Hwy 63, before it goes through Twyman Park.

The story that accompanied this is a little confusing, as it mentioned the soldier was shot for depredations committed on the Ed Huggins’ place.  He was actually arrested for breaking and entering the Smith home while only the women were present in the home, giving them a fright.  But he must have been one of the soldiers who had gotten into Mr. Huggins’ brandy stores.  I have not come across this soldier’s name, but if I do I will post it.  And this ends the tale of Civil War trivia, for now, in the town of Glasgow.  I will have another tale later of a man who should have died, but his own stalwart fortitude kept him from succumbing to the Angel of Death.


About Gclee

I am a long time genealogy and local history hunter from Barren Co., KY. I have many stories to share that may be of interest to other local genealogists and history buffs. I enjoy this as a hobby and hope I can be of encouragement to others. I also hope everyone enjoys my stories as much as I have enjoyed learning about them.
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