Meade Christmas Celebrations  Past and Present

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   Meade County Christmases were celebrated differently by people in their 80’s and 90’s, than today’s celebrations.  People nearing retirement celebrated Christmas as their parents did, until after … [Read more...]

Meade County Thanksgivings

Sherley Vandiver

  Thanksgiving, like many of our holidays has origins in European history.  In almost every culture, there has been some sort of harvest or year end celebration.  The famous Oktoberfest or … [Read more...]

Haunted Meade County

Are these ghosts

Haunted Meade County By Gerald W. Fischer   Part 1     Author’s Note:      Few people know that Meade County has a number of ghost towns.  These towns were thriving, and some had … [Read more...]

A Civil War Mystery Did a Meade County Rebel and John Hunt Morgan Win the Battle of Chickamauga?

A Civil War Mystery   Did a Meade County Rebel and John Hunt Morgan Win the Battle of Chickamauga?   By   Gerald W. Fischer   Author’s Note:      There is an untold story about John Hunt … [Read more...]

“The History and Secret of the Cabin at the Corner”

Construction of the Cabin

“The History and Secret of the Cabin at the Corner” Gerald W. Fischer   Author’s Note: In March of this year I met with three Meade County historians and genealogists at the home of Peggy … [Read more...]

Carole’s Bucket List

A bucket list for Meade County... what I hope you would take the time out, drive over and enjoy. The view of the Ohio River from Van Buren overlook, breathtaking! Travel to Big Springs, the … [Read more...]

Confederate Justice part 2

Confederate Justice Part II The Joke and the Error in Judgment      It was the habit of the Rangers, dashing men who were admired by southern leaning ladies because of their rebelliousness, daring, … [Read more...]

“Confederate Justice?” part 1

Confederate Justice?  Part 1  Author’s Note:   There were many people in Meade County favoring the Union, but many more, in the county, were pro-Confederacy.  One notable exception was the town of … [Read more...]

The Raid on Captains Shacklett and Gorsuch at the Sheep Shed” parts 4 &5

The Raid on Captains Shacklett and Gorsuch at the Sheep Shed” Part 5  The Battle Rages  The rebels, caught unaware, did not have time to organize a defense.  The Union troopers were on them in a … [Read more...]

“The Raid on Captains Shacklett and Gorsuch at the Sheep Shed” Parts 3&4

William Kendall Shacklett's tombstone:  Billy Shacklett was described by Captain Hare as the bravest man he ever saw.  He went down fighting, and although mortally wounded, he dragged himself some 60 yards toward the W.W. Barnes' house, because he did not want to die in the woods alone. 
His wife and daughter arrived before he died and visited with him at the Barnes' place.

“The Raid on Captains Shacklett and Gorsuch at the Sheep Shed”  Part 3 Billy Trains his men            Billy Shacklett trained his men.  It is not recorded just how many men he had in his company, … [Read more...]