It was a beautiful day as expected; Cool start, warm afternoon. I was the emcee at the “Bark in the Park” at Seneca Park in Louisville which was a benefit for the Animal Care Society in Louisville. It is a “no kill” shelter and the folks there not only d0 fine work, but they are an asset to the community. There were a couple of small pools for the dogs to wade in but they were taken over by Tommy and Winston, a couple of Bulldogs that thought the spots were their own private wallowing hole. If for some reason you slept in on Saturday..perhaps too big of a Friday Night…Sunday will be equally as nice. Snow White and I had a great time on Saturday night as we hooked up with a friend at the Reds game. For some reason I had a case of the chats and annoyed everyone sitting around me, especially the Cubs fans to whom I suggested some of their players cheat. The Cubs fans numbers far outpaced those of the Reds and we may have well as been in Chicago. While the Cubs one the division, I remain convinced they will not win the World Series and extend their futility streak to 100 years.
On This Date in History: Union General William “Bull” Nelson got his name from being a big, bearish man who used his physical size to intimidate others. He had initially been an officer in the navy and somehow became a general in the army. But the Bull was butchered in the Galt House in Louisville on this date in 1862. Not only was he murdered by another Union General named Jefferson Davis, he met his demise in the presence of the Governor of Indiana.
In the summer of 1862, while General Don Carlos Buell was wandering around Tennessee with his Louisville based Army of the Ohio building railroads following the battle of Shiloh, the contingent of men left to defend Louisville was left to one of Buell’s subordinates, Nelson. Confederate General Braxton Bragg began a campaign into Kentucky and the fear was he would get to Louisville before Buell could return. So, while Buell was plodding along back to Louisville, Nelson started putting cannon on the Indiana side of the river so he could shell the city if the Confederates ever invaded. For some reason, Bragg didn’t come to Louisville…probably a blunder…though he was probably fearful of the reception he would get from the populous. So, as Buell’s army trickled back in, Nelson spied Gen. Jeff Davis of Indiana ordering his men to dig in. Bull didn’t think much of that and let Davis know.
Davis wasn’t pleased but instead of manning up and facing Bull, he ran back to Indianapolis and fetched Indiana Governor Oliver Morton and on the evening of September 29 1862 in the stairwell of the Galt House in Louisville, tough guy Davis confronted Nelson. He challenged the powerful Nelson to a duel who, in front of Morton, rebuffed Davis with a scoff and then with the back of his hand when pressed. Nelson went up the stairs and our hero Davis grabbed a pistol, ran up the stairs and shot General Nelson dead. Before he died, Nelson tried to cover all of his bases by getting baptized but that didn’t help with the post mortem scales of justice. See, Buell had Davis arrested but Buell got fired about two months later following the battle of Perryville. With Buell out of the way and the main witness being a good Republican Governor from a Union State, Davis never faced trial and so the murder of a Union General in front of several witnesses was never “solved.” And so ends another tale of courage and justice during the Civil War and it all happened at the Galt House.
No word on whether or not Davis spent the rest of his life looking on golf courses for the real killer.