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L. Shadrach Futrell (1831–1906), continued


Futrell, Andrew Jackson Futrell and Mastin Cook Futrell. Andrew Jackson Futrell was born on 15 January 1863, while L.S. was away at war.12 The fam- ily attended nearby Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

Molloy’s LBL Handbook stated that when the Civil War broke out the Union saw the ‘Between the Rivers’ as a gateway to the South. The battles of Fort Henry, on the Tennessee River, and Fort Donelson, on the Cumberland River, brought fighting to the area and mayhem for the rest of the war, as Fed- eral troops and guerillas raided homes and villages throughout the ‘Between the Rivers’ in search of food and supplies.13

Co D, Second Kentucky Cavalry (Woodward) L.S. Futrell enlisted as a private in Company D of Woodward’s Second Kentucky Cavalry at Hop- kinsville in 1862. No official record exists to prove

his enlistment in the unit, but his writings and other supporting evidence substantiate his tenure in the Second Kentucky Cavalry. Futrell wrote that he served under Captain E.A. Slaughter’s command in Company D of the Second Kentucky Cavalry;14 Perrin’s local history confirmed that E.A. Slaugh- ter served as the unit’s commander;15 and Futrell’s granddaughters stated that he enlisted in the Con- federate army at the Summer farm in Christian County.16

Perrin’s History of rigg Count , Kentucky contained a brief history of Company D, Second Regiment of Kentucky Cavalry: the unit was formed in September, 1862, at the Summer farm on the road between Ca- diz and Hopkinsville; it was made up of eighty-seven men, most of whom were native Trigg Countians; of- ficers included E.A. Slaughter, captain; Ben F. Bacon, first lieutenant; and William M. Campbell, second lieutenant. The company joined Colonel Thomas G. Woodward at Hopkinsville and was under his command in southwestern Kentucky and middle Tennessee. In December, 1862, Captain Slaughter resigned his command and was replaced by Dr. John Cunningham. Shortly thereafter, the unit disbanded. Thirteen of its members remained with Lt. Campbell, while the majority of the men scattered out into other commands or returned home.17 Captain Slaughter, who initially commanded Company D, was a Trigg County druggist; following the war, Slaughter and his family moved to Purdon, Texas.

L. Shadrach Futrell in 1860s or 1870s

Colonel Thomas G. Woodward was a native of Massachusetts and attended West Point; he moved to Christian County, Kentucky, in 1848.18 According to the 1850 U.S. census he practiced law at Hop- kinsville.19 He joined the Confederate States army in 1861 and quickly rose to the rank of colonel. He was known as a cunning strategist and relentless fighter. Woodward was suspended from his command in 1864 for insubordination. After the suspension, he returned to Christian County, hoping to free Hop- kinsville, the county seat, from Federal occupation. He and a small band of followers rode into Hop- kinsville on 19 August 1864. When they reached the intersection of Main at Fifteenth Street, the men halted and refused to follow him since they were out- numbered and Woodward was drinking. Woodward ignored their pleas to turn back, spurred his horse, and rode down Main Street toward the heart of

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