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Co. E. Holeman Rifles, 3rd Ky. Regiment off to Sebree, 1896

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Co. E. Holeman Rifles, 3rd Ky. Regiment off to Sebree, 1896

Posted: 1 Oct 2003 8:43PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 May 2005 8:15PM GMT
Off For Sebree

Co. E. Holeman Rifles, 3rd Kentucky regiment, left on the Providence train yesterday morning for Sebree where they go into camp for a week or ten days for the purpose of drilling and having an outing. The State this year failed to make an arrangement for a general encampment, but this Company under Capt. James L. Birchfield determined to go into camp on their own responsibility. The following soldier boys left on the special coach yesterday and a few others will go in a day or two.

Capt. J.L. Birchfield, commanding, Stanly Perryman, Robt. Fiske, F.A. Nisbet, T.C. Key, A. Utley, H.A. Simons, Claude Harris, E.N. Roper, Paul Price, O.L. Powers, Walter Powers, S.L. Parish, Jake Riggins, Arnold Seymour, Milton Martin, Alex. Baily, John Harvey, Luther Bruce and Gardie Shutt.

Mrs. Birchfield, wife of Capt. Birchfield, Misses Laura and Ella Fegar, and Emma Bourland accompanied the soldiers. The Madisonville Cornet band, will go down Wednesday and will stay during the remainder of the encampment.

Quite a number of the citizens of this town will go sometime during the week. By Friday or Saturday no less than 100 of our citizens will be at Sebree. Capt. Birchfield has issued strict orders to those under his command directing the boys to conduct themselves with proper decorum while they are in camp. No drunkenness or rowdyness will be permitted and any breach of military rule will be punished. We appeal to the boys to act the part of soldiers and gentlemen while they are away from home. We want them to return with the good will of those among who they may be thrown while absent. (Source: Madisonville Hustler, Tue, Aug. 11, 1896) note: I suspect the Holeman Rifles were the equivalent of the modern day national guard. With the Spanish-American War looming in the future, I would think a number of these men took part in that conflict. prb

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