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"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."

VIRGIL PRESTON KESSINGER was a private in the 12th Kentucky Cavalry. He mustered into service November 17, 1862 in Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky. His lineage is: Andreas Kessinger and Suzanna Fischerin 2nd great grandpareants, Solomon Kessinger and Elizabeth Greenwalt great grandparents, John Jacob Kessinger and Rebecca Clendenan grandparents, Isaac Kessinger and Mary Daugherty parents.

THOMAS JEFFERSON DAUGHERTY was a private in the 17th Kentucky Infantry. Organized at Hartford and Calhoun, Ky., September to December, 1861. His lineage is: Owen Daugherty and Mary Taylor great grandparents, Daniel Daugherty and Nancy Taylor grandparents, Thomas Daugherty and Mary Polly White parents.

WILLIAM "BILL" HAZELIP was a Private in The 11th Kentucky Infantry recruited fall of 1861 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. His lineage is: Robert Hazelip and Millian Webb grandparents, Merry Hazelip and Jane Wesley parents.

JACOB CHARLES DRACE was a private in Company A 26th Kentucky Infantry enlisting October 14, 1861.


ABRAHAM F. PARKER was in Company G, 5th Regiment of Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry.

JAMES W HICKS enlisted in Buckner's Guards Kentucky Infantry (Confederate) on October 15, 1861 in Bowling Green, Kentucky and was discharged November 15, 1862 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

CHARLES HAYNES served for the Union in Company F 32nd Kentucky Infantry. He enlisted December 4, 1862 at Camp Burnside and mustered in August 12, 1863 for a period of nine months.

SAMUEL C MCCLURE enlisted as a private on October 12, 1861 in Company B 12th Kentucky Infantry. He mustered in January 30, 1862 and out July 11, 1865.