Raid Across the Border on American Town; Rain Late in the Week; The Resurrection in the Tropics-Invest 91


Rain Totals Forecast This Week; Ours will Come Thu-Sat

Rain Totals Forecast This Week; Ours will Come Thu-Sat

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I told you so!

I told you so!

Another Colonel Klink Moment. I told you that the official low in Louisville wouldn’t get to 36…but we said 39 and it was 41 at the airport. We’ll claim a partial victory. Now, no one lives at the airport so the low in your backyard was probably in the upper 30’s. Scottsburg and Bloomington were down to near freezing, yet they were not in the Frost Advisory area, which I still cannot figure out. Anyway, after another chilly Monday morning, the afternoon will get to the upper 60’s. A weak front comes through Monday night and there may be a very insignificant shower or two but the real story with this front will be when it comes back. The tail end of the boundary will develop a low in the Southern Plains and then come back our way, bringing rain and murkiness for late Thursday through the first part of Saturday.

Invest 91 Spaghetti Model

Invest 91 Spaghetti Model

Also another Colonel Klink Moment regarding Tropical Depression 16. If you recall, I had said that if it stayed around long enough it might be a trouble maker. Well, now it’s called Invest 91 and has re-emerged just off the coast of Belize. The National Hurricane Center hasn’t said that it had its genesis from Tropical Depression 16 but it is. Anyway, the official forecast calls for it to go back into Central America, but you can see from the Spaghetti model that there are some computers that want to take it back toward Florida. My guess is that these guys are being influenced by the climatology parameters in the equations. Nevertheless, what I said before still holds. Invest 91 is in no way an imminent threat but, as long as this guy lurks, eventually it may get picked up toward the north and so it needs to be monitored.

Unsuspecting Town Before Confederate Raid

Unsuspecting Town Before Confederate Raid

On This Date in History: On this date in 1864, a group of Confederate raiders were basking in the success of a raid into Union territory. Big deal, right? I mean the Confederate Army was wandering all over the North during the Civil War but by October 1864, most of the action was taking place in Southern territory. But, these guys didn’t strike where you might think.

This was the cavalry…about 20 of them organized by Confederate Agent George Sanders and let by Lt. Bennett Young. The plan was to quickly swoop into an unsuspecting town. This they accomplished when Young stood on the steps of a local hotel with guns drawn and proclaimed that the small town was in the possession of the Confederate States of America. The Rebels galloped up and down the Main Street and forced the locals into the village green. Then the cavalrymen went to the town’s banks and took all of their money. There they forced patrons and bank tellers to pledge allegiance to the Confederacy. I guess that they were in a hurry to leave, which doesn’t sound like the town was really in possession of the Confederacy…more like just a short loan as they left after about 30 minutes of marauding. They tried to burn the town but somehow only managed to burn down a shed. And as they scampered away, much of the money they stole fell to the ground but they still managed to make off with about $200,000.

And so, on this date in 1864, the cavalrymen were no doubt counting their loot…in Canada, though they were eventually held by the authorities. You see, this little known of raid was the farthest excursion north of any forces of the Old South. The town was St. Albans. And it resided near the scenic Lake Champlain in Vermont! The raiders on this date in history were safe, in Canada, from which the entire caper began.

Local Hero?

Local Hero?

Here’s the kicker….Bennett H. Young was just 21 when he led the raid. After creating an international incident, he returned to the Confederacy with the money as a hero. He was promoted to General. He returned to his home state after the war and became one of the state’s best lawyers. The state? Kentucky. And the town in which he practiced was Louisville. I’m not certain, but I believe he was a member of Second Presbyterian Church. Here is a brief biography.

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2 Responses

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed the historical snippet. I never knew the Confederates caused trouble for the Canadians. And a successful lawyer and pillar of the community made his start this way? Hmmm… :-)

  2. Young is an interesting character. Louisville had been the base of the Union’s Army of the Ohio. There were forts defending the city against the Confederacy. When Braxton Bragg invaded Kentucky in 1862 with 40,000 men, he hoped that Kentuckians would join him. They didn’t. There were about 4 times as many Kentuckians who fought for the north than the south. Yet, today, many think of Louisville as a “southern” city…this in spite of the fact that we get some 16 inches of snow a year and sometimes get down close to zero in the winter. While in the minority, many of Loulsville’s elite, like Young, were former Confederate officers and their prominence and influence helped steer the perspective of future histories of Louisville toward an impression of southern roots, when in fact, that is really not the case.

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