Memorial Day Ceremony focuses on soldiers of the Civil War

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Memorial Day Ceremony focuses on soldiers of the Civil War

WICKLIFFE - Ballard County soldiers who fought in the Civil War were the focus of this year’s Memorial Day Ceremony in Wickliffe Cemetery. WWII Navy Veteran Earl Gidcumb, led the ceremony and began by saying that there are currently 257 veterans buried in Wickliffe Cemetery starting back in the Civil War. He said there are 5 or 6 Confederate soldiers and one Union soldier buried in the cemetery. Gidcumb recognized that two more veterans have been added to the cemetery this past year. Both veterans were WWII vets. Dressed in full Union uniform, Wayne Tate was the guest speaker at the ceremony. He shared his knowledge of the Civil War- a subject about which he said he is very passionate. Referring to 1861, when Tate says America blundered its way into one of the country’s most destructive wars, 623,000 soldiers would lose their lives in the War Between the States. Tate said that in some circles, the war was called the War of 10,000 Battles. According to Tate, there were over 10,000 military advances during the Civil War. Every corner of the nation found their men and boys rushing to join the army, but it was worse in Kentucky. “In Kentucky as well as in the other Border States, friends, families, neighbors found themselves going in different directions,” he said. Tate focused his attention on Ballard County’s role in the war. “Fully 400 men from Ballard County answered the Confederacy’s call to arms, while approximately 100 men from here joined the Union cause,” said Tate. Tate pointed out that there were at least two high ranking officers from Ballard County. Colonel Charles Wickliffe was the 1st Commander of the 7th Kentucky Confederate Infantry, and Colonel W.W. Faulkner was the Commander

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