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presence of his own family. There were lamentations
throughout the settlements, and had there been any
intermission to the duty of watchfulness and defense,
public demonstrations of sad respect would have at-
tended his funeral. Armed men came to bury him:
hardy woodsmen were there; every man came and
marched in the solenui procession with his rille upon
his shoulder and deep grief within his heart: and
there they buried him."

Any descendant of Colonel Anthony J'ledsoe desir-
ing to become a member of the Sons or Daughter^ of
the American Revolution can do so by tracing their
descent in the genealogy, and referring to the f(,)llow-



Colonel Axthoxv BLEnsor;: 69

ing authorities for his services in the war for inde-
pendence :

llr'^iiiia Miu^cLziiic of Hisfory, lulv, 1S99, pac^es 2
and 11. '

Same, October, 1899. [.a-e 123.



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D. Shkluv Williams

''RamscA-'s Atnials of Tennessee," pat;es 170 and
190.

"I'helan's Tlislorv of Tennessee," pa£;"es 32, 130. 134,
MO. 144 and 157.'

"Dnnniore's War." 1)\- Tliwait arid Kc-llo^jjf. ]>ac;c
106. ■ >-. •



70 Historic Sumner Couxtv, Texx.

"Sumiiev's ]]i>torv of Soiithwost \'ir_Lrinia," pa,q;es
221, 242. 245. 263, 264, 270, 287, 292, 625 and 748!
"Ellett's '■Pioncer Women of the West," paji-c 19.

MARY RAMSEY BLEDSOE

^Fary Ramsey was born in Aug^usta count}-, \'ir!L;inia,
in 1734. She was a daughter of Thoi'nas Ramsey, who
removed from the eastern section of the State at an
early date and settled on the extreme frontier, where
he became prominent. Several members of her fam-
ily are mentioned in the early annals of \'iri;"inia. and
during the Revolutionary war. In 1760 Mary Ram-
sey married Anthony l^ledsoe. ami became the mother
of his five sons and six daughters.'-' one of whom was
born four months after the death of her husband. The
first chapter of '"Pioneer Women of the West" is de-
voted to Mrs. P)ledsoe, but it gives only sinall space to
her personal history. It says: "She was a woman of
remarkable energy, and was noted for her independ-
ence of thought and action. She never hesitated to
expose herself to danger whenever she thought it her
duty to brave it ; she was foremost in urging her hus-
band and friends to go forth and meet the fue. insu'csd
of striving to detain them for the protection of l:er t'v.n
household. ]\lary Pdedsoe was almost the r-n-)- ip.-
structor of her children, the family being left to iier
sole charge while her husband was engaged in his toil-
some (lutie>, or harassed with the cares incident t<j
an uninterrupted border warfare.

"In person she was attractive, being neither largv
nor tall until advanced in life. Her hair was briA.n,
her eyes gray, and her complexion fair. Her u^eiul
life was cUv'^ed in the autumn of lf^O^^. The rec<>r'! "i
her worth, anrl what she did and sutYercd may win
little attention from the careless many, who regard lutt
the memory of our pilgrim mothers; but the recoiiec-
tion of her gentle virtues ha^ not yet faded froiv. the

"See Eleveuih Howard, U. S. Rep'als.



^FaRV RaMSKV r.LICDSOH 71

hearts of her descendants ; and those to whom they tell
the story of her life will acknowlcdg'e her the worthy
com])aniou of those noble men to whom belonii> the
praise of havin.L;" ori,L,dnated a new colony and built up
a goodly state in the bosom of the forest.''

Mrs. lUedsoc's brother, Josiah Ramsey, was captured
by the Indians when a child, beiui^ returned to the
settlements after Roquet's treaty in 1764. lie was in
the battle of Point Pleasant, lie was a scout in the
Cherokee campaign of 1776; and in 1780 removed to
Kentucky, tiie next year coming- to the Cumberland set-
tlement, where he was a major of militia. He died at
an advanced age, at the home of his son in Atiss')uri.
Other brothers of Mrs. IHcdsoe, who came to Sum-
ner county, were Henry Ramsey, the bravest of the
brave, and William, both oi whom were k-illed by In-
dians.

^Irs. Bledsoe was fifty-four years of age when her
jiusband was killed. Fi\e years thereafter, when she
was in her sixtieth }ear, she married Xatlian Parker,
an old man, a pioneer, and the father of several chil-
dren, some of whose descendants are prominent citi-
zens of this and other states. Among them are ex-
Mayor James AI. Head, of Nashville, and Hon. Julm
H. DeWitt, a Nashville lawyer.

From the Xaslirillc Banner. October 21. 1908:

Monument to Blkpsoe's .vt Bi.p:nsoE's Lick ■
IN Sumner

RY A. V. GOOnP.XSTURE

The attention of the public cannot be too often
drawn to the fact that the landmarks wiiich connect us
with our i>it,inoer anee.-^tors — liieii' noted buiUling>, the
scenes of their heroic deeds, the graves ihat contain
their sacred ashes — are fast di^appearing■ ; many of
them are already dit'ficult to identif}- and some of them
are lost forever. In 1889 the Legislature removed the
remains of Covernor John Sevier from an inimarked



72 IJlSTORIC SU.MXER COUXTV, Ti:.\x.

i^raxc in Alaliama to his old home in Knoxvillc. and
erected a handsome monument over them. Recently
the active and ]iatriotic Historical Society of Maurv
county has identified the g-rave of General Richard
^^■inn, anil caused it to be suitably marked. i>ut Gen-
eral Griffith Rutherford, famous for his campaig-n
against the Cherokee Indians: President of the Legis-
lative Council of the Southwest Territory; for whom
both Xorth Carolina and Tennessee have named coun-
ties, still sleeps in an unknown grave. Judge John Hav-
wood, the father of Tennessee history, sleeps in the
quiet garden of his old home, but at a ])lace that can
no longer be determined. The iniH\-i(lual or society
that hunts out and marks such sacred spots does a pa-
triotic service, and deserves the thanks of the public:
for there is no stronger tie that binds the affections of
a ])eople to their country than the graves of their hon-
ored ancestors.

IX UXMARKKD GRAVKS.

For almost a century and a quarter two brothers.
Colonels Anthony and Isaac Bledsoe, have slept in un-
marked and neglected graves near lUedsoc's Lick, in
Sumner county, where they were killed by the Indians
in the first settlement of the county. Their de<cend-
ants liave Igng wished to see a monument erected t"
their ujomory. but until recently they have taken no
definite action in the matter. A few years ago Judge
D. 1). Shelby, of Iluntsville. Ala., and' J udg^el-Ili' Shel-
by Hammond, of Memphis, Tenn., and later Colonel
Oscar 1-. lUedsoc, of Grenada, ^lississippi, visited their
graves for the purpo.se of devising- some means of hav-
ing^ them properly marked. While these several visits
did much to stimulate sentimetit favorable to the move-
ment, nothing further resulted from them for want of
an active and intelligent agent who was willing to
take the burden of the work on his shoulders and make
himself personally res])r)nsible for its success.

In the month of fune, T'Oo. M:\]i>v 1. G. Cisco, of



M.\kv R.\.M.si;v Uleusof. 73

Nashville, whose deceased wife was a p,reat ^reat
granddani^iiter of Colonel Anthony Dledsoe, visited tiie
liledsoe gTaves for the first time, and seeini^ their
nej^lected condition determined to have a monument
erected over tlx-m. 1 Ic took up the work actively, in-



(iRAVKS OF COLONHI.S AXTiroNV AN'D ISAAC BlHDSOE HEFORE

THE Monument was Built

telli_c^ently and di>interestedly. Durinu' the next year
he wmte letters to many uf the dc>cenilant> of the
J'ledsDes, and saw otiiers in ])erson, ur.^inLT tiK' or;;ani-
zation of a monument a>sociation. Lieinq; unable to
Kct a sufficient numl>er uf them to.^ether t«> litect such
an organizatiMn, after c<jnsultin|j: with C\iU«nel O. V.



74 IIisTdKic Sr.Mxi'.K County, Ti:xn.

I'llcflsoc, JikIi^c D. D. Sliclby. and some others who
took an active interest in the matter, he requested the
followinj;- ijentlemen to act as ofliccr^ and committee-
men for the Bledsoe Monument Association, namely:
Colonel O. V. Dlcdsoe, Grenada, Mississippi, Prc-^i-
dent ; Mr. C. 15. Rogan, Gallatin. Tennessee, X'ice-
I'resident; 1 ). Slielhy \\'il]iams, Xashville, Tennessee,
Treasurer; J. G. Cisco, Xashville, Tennessee, Secre-
tary. ^Monument Committee: Judt^e David D. Shelby,
lluntsville, Alabama; R. C. K. Martin, Xashville, Ten-
nessee ; Colonel O. F. Ijledsoe, Grenada. Mississippi ;
D. Shelby Williams, Xashville, Tennessee ; Mr. C. B.
Roj^an, Gallatin, Tennessee ; Mrs. W. H. B. Satter-
white, Castalian Springs, Tennessee; J. G. Cisco,
Xashville, Tennessee.

NAMES OF BLEDSOE DESCENDENTS

Having now cflected an organization in which he
occupied the mod.est, but all-imj)ortant position of Sec-
retary, he undertook to ascertain the names and ad-
dresses of the descendants of the Bledsoes. This in-
volved an extensive correspondence, and still his list
was necessarily incomplete. To each of those found
he mailed a circular letter, ot'fering them an oppor-
tunity to contribute to the Bledsoe monument fund,
and naming a day at which the subscription books
would be clo>ed. The circular letter was as follows :

"Till': Bli:i)SO*e Moxumiixt Associatiox,
"x.\siivii,Li:, ti:xxi:ssi:k.

"Xashville. Tenn.. April 10, 190S.
"Mr

"Dear Our common ance>t<jrs, C(ilonels

Anthony and Isaac Bledsoe, have slept side by side,
in unmarked graves, near where they were killed by
Indians, in Sumner county, Tennessee, dining pioneer
days, for near a century and a (|uarter. This Associa-
tion, composed of descendants of these lier(.>ic men, h:is



Names of Bledsok Descendants 75

been formed fur the ])viri)Ose of ereeting- a nK)ininient
over their t^raves near the site of Jjledsoe's I""(jrt at
Bledsoe's Lick in Sumner county, Tennessee.

"The kind of monument to he erected will depend
cntirel}' upon the sum t<jtal of money contrihuted by
their descendants, each of whom, we believe, will s^iadly
give according to his or her means. It is not expected,
nor desired, that a lar<;c or showy memorial will be
erected, but a i)lain. substantial one, suitable to the
character of the two heroic brothers.

"As it is desired that this work shall be sjiecdily
accomplished, a copy of this letter will be sent to each
of the descendants whose names may be known to the
Secretary, and should be considered an invitation to
assist in this laudable work.

"All contributions must be sent to the Trcasmxr. yiv.
I). Shelby Williams (A'icc-President of the First Na-
tional P)ank of Nashville, Tennessee, and President of
the Xashville Gas Company), Nashville, Tennessee,
iiot later than July 15. 1908. This will, it is hoped,
enable the committee to lay the corner stone of the
monument durinj;' the 'Tennessee Ilo'.ne-Conn'ng- Week'
in September, 1908.

"You can facilitate this entcrj)rise by notifying the
Secretary of your intention to contribute to the fund,
and the amount you projiose to contribute, at your
earliest convenience. You are also requested to >end
to the Secretary the names and addresses of other de-
scendants whom you may know.

"All mone\s received will be deposited in the Mrst
National liank at Nashville, of which the Treasurer
is a director, and \ ice-President, and there remain un-
til the monument is com])!eted and ready Jo be paid
lor. There will lie no salaries nor fees paid to any
one. All the money contributed will be used in build-
ing the monument, excepting the small amount neces-
>ary tor priming and po>tage.



76 HiSTOuic SuMXHR CouxTv, Texx.

"It is earnestly liopeil that each descendant of either
of the two Colonels P.ledsoe shall contribute, be the
amount ever so small, that all may have an interest in
the memorial. Fratcrnall}',

"J. (i. Cisco, Secretary,

"J\indc'rbilt Law Building, Xashrilh', Tennessee."

The responses were g'enerous. On the day named
he closed the subscription books, having in the hands
of the Treasurer the handsome sum of S753.

The names of the contributors are as follows :

COXTKIIIUrORS TO THE DLEDSOE MOXUMEXT IV'XI).

Colonel Oscar F. P.ledsoe. Grenada, Alissis-
si])pi. great grand>on of Colonel Anthonv
Bledsoe ___! 1$300 00

Airs. (). IT. P. Belmont. Xew York, great great

granddaughter of Colonel .Anthony lUedsoc- 100 00

Mr. D. Shelby Williams. Xashville. Tenne-see.
great great great grandson of Colonel An-
thony "pledsoe .-^1 2':^ 00

Judge David D. Shell)y. Huntsville. Alabama,
great great gran(Kon of Colonel Anthonv
Bledsoe - -^ '_ 15 00

Airs. E. AI. Satterwhite. Ca>talian .Springs.
Tennessee, great great granddaughter of
Colonel Isaac P.ledsoe ___^ 10 00

Aliss Xellie Satterwhite. Casialian Springs.
Tenn., great great great grantldaughter of
Colonel Isaac I'ledsoe ."^ 00

Aliss Eleanor Desha Pickett. Chicago, Illinois,
yreat great granddaughter of Colonel Isaac
Bledsoe _-_l 1 10 00

James .A. Satterwhite. Castalian Springs. Ten-
nessee, great great great grandsc^n of Col-
onel Isaac Bled>oe 5 00

Hon. J. G. II. Buck. I'alestine. Texas, great

great grandson of Colonel Anthonv Bled.soe 5 00



Xamf.s of I)i.rj)Sor. Di:scrxix\NT.s 77

Mr. J. A. Masscncrill. Diholl. Texas, i^reat

g^rcat t^ramlson of Colonel Anthony JUedsoe 5 00

Mrs. L. S. Converse. Washington, i). C. ureat
great g;'rand(laug;htcr of Colonel Anthony
JUcdsoc 1" "- 5 00

Mrs. M. M. Walsh. Xcw York, great great

granddaughter of Colonel Anthony Ule(boe_ 5 00

Hon. J. Minnick Williams. Olustce. Oklaho-
ma, great great great grandson of Colonel
Anthony TUedsoc 5 00

Hon. James W. Blackmore, Gallatin, Tennes-
see 5 00

^frs. Elizabeth Desha Davis, Xew York, great
great granddaughter of Colonel Anthonv
IJledsoc 1 '_ 2 50

Mrs. ^lartha Rogan Morrison. Gallatin, Ten-
nessee, great great granddaughter of Colonel
Isaac Bled>je ___J '_ 2 50

Mrs. Augusta Rogan JJrown, Gallatin, Tennes-
see, great great granddaughter of Colonel
Isaac i'.ledsoe 2 50

Caj^jtain C. ]'». Rogan, Rogana, Tennessee,
great great grandson of Colonel Isaac P.led-
soe J" : 2 50

Mr. William R. Rogan. Rogana, Tennessee,

great grandson of Colonel Isaac liledsoe 2 50

Mr. R. b. Bledsoe, Humboldt, Tennessee 2 50

Mrs. Fredrika L. Cisco Jones, Chattanooga,
Tennessee, great great great granddaughter
of Colonel Anthony Bledsoe 2 00

Master Robert Camion Jones, Chattanooga,
Tennessee, great great great great grandson
of Colonel Anthony Bled.soc 1 00

Master Guy Ozmcnt Jones, Chattanooga, Ten-
nessee, great great great great grandson of
Colonel .Anthony Bledsoe 1 00

Miss J'^redrikn I'-lizabeth Jones, Chaitan'joga,
Tennessee, great great great great grand-
daughter of Colonel Antlionv Bledsoe 1 00



78 Historic Sumner County, Ti:xx.

Jay Guy Cisco, Nashville. Tenticssce. in mem-
ory of his wife, Mildrerl Gcoroie Cisco,
great great granddaui^diter of Colonel An-
thony iMedsoe 5 00

]\Iiss Bertie Cisco, Xasliville, Tennc<=;sce, great
great gKeat granddaughter of Colonel An-
thony Bledsoe ^_ 2 00

Miss Mozelle Cisco, Nashville, Tenne^see.
great great great granddaughter of Colonel
Anthony Ijledsoe 2 00

Ru])erto Francoise Cisco, Nashville. Tennessee,
great great great grandson of Colonel An-
thony Jlledsoe __J 2 00

Rudolf W'ezinski Cisco. Nashville. Tennessee,
great great great grandson of Colonel An-
thony Bledsoe ___" 2 00

\\'alter Jay Cisco, New Orleans. Louisiana.
great gr at great grandson of Ccjlond An-
thony Bledsoe 1 00

Walter Jay Cisco, infant. New Drlcans. Loui-
siana, great great great great grandson of
Colonel Anthony ]]ledsoe 1 00

Victor W. Cisco, New Orleans. Louisiana,
great great great' grandson of Colonel An-
thony Bledsoe ___' ' 1 00

George Guy Cisco, New York, great gnai

great grandson of Colonel Anthony Bledsoe 1 00

Mrs. Priscilla Hammond Scruggs, Holly
Springs, Mississippi, great great grand-
daughter of Colonel Anthony Bledsoe 1 00

Mrs. J. ILancock Robinson. \\"a>hir.gton. D. C.
great great great granddaughter of Colonel
Anthony Bledsoe, for self and daughter 2 00

Mr. J. M. Scruggs. Memphis. Tennessee, great
great great grandson of Col(jnel Anthonv
Bledsoe ___r '_ 1 00

Miss Nettie Shelby Watkins. Jackson, Missis-
si])pi, great great great granddaughter of
Colonel Anthonv liledsoel ! 2 00



Namks of IjLkdscji-: Di:scl:.\1)axts 79

Mrs. I'annic I'xjyd I-'incli. Jiatesvillo, Arkansas 1 00
Hon. Robert L. IJurch. Xa>hvillc. Tcnnossco__ 1 00
Mrs. Kate Slioffner Caldwell, Memphis. Ten-
nessee, g-reat :.;reat ii^reat granddaughter of

ColonerAnthony liledsoe 1 00

Mrs. Addie Laura I'ursley Shoffncr, Mem-
phis, Tennessee, great great grand<lnughter

of Colonel AiUhony Bledsoe 1 00

]\Irs. Inez Shott'ner \\'hitc, Memphis, Tennes-
see, great great great granddaughter of Col-
onel Anthony Bled.-oe 1 00

Major B. B. Buck, 13lh U. S. Infantry, great

great grandson of Colonel Anthony iJiedsoe 3 00



Total S7;'8 00

The necessary fund.s being in the treasury, 2^Iajor
Cisco contracted for a monument to be erected over
the graves of the lUedsoes (the title to the lot having
been secured to the ]^>ledsoe Monument Association ) .
after a design suggested by himself. It is to be of
gray granite, will stand sixteen feet high, and will
bear the following inscriptions:

lJ\'st Side.

Sacred to the memory

of

Colonel Anthony Bledsoe.

]\Iary Ramsey Bledsoe.



Colonel Isaac Bledsoe.
Katherine Montgomerv Bledsoe.



Inseparable in life: united in death.
East Side.
Erected in 1908 by
Descendants of the two brothers.
Five-sevenths of its cost was contrib-
uted by Ccjlonel Oscar F. Bledsoe, of
Cirenada, Mississippi, great grandson of
Colonel Anthunv Bledsoe.



80 HiSTOKIC SUMNKK COU.NTV, TkNN.

North Side.

Colonel Aiitliony lUcdsoe was ])orn in
Culpc'])])cr county, \ iriL,''inia. in 1733;
niarric'l ^Fai"}- Ramsey in 17^)0. He was
a justice of the ]K'ace in Hotetoin-t. l^n-
castle, antl \\'a>hinL:;ton counties. \ ir-
i^inia ; was a Captain in the Colonial
Army; Major of X'irginia Militia in ihc
Revolutionary W'ar ; was in the 'i!attle
of the Flats ;"' Commander r»f the troops
at Lc)ng Island from December. 1776. to
April, 1777; first Representative from
Washington county in the \"ir,Q"inia Lec:^-
islature. Removed to Sumner county,
Tennessee, in 1781. One of the first jus-
tices of the peace for Davidson county ;
first Colonel of the Davidson County
Militia; one of the three Commissioners
appointed to run the "Commissioners"
Line;" one of the first Trustees of Da-
vidson Academy ; first Representative in
the North Carolina Leq^i^l^ture from
Sumner county. Killed by Indians about
200 yarrls west from this spot, on July
20, 1788. Left five sons and six daugh-
ters.

South Side.

Colonel Isaac Blctlsoe was born in Cul-
])eper county, \'irginia about 173.^; mar-
ried Katherine Montgomery about 1771.
Was one of the "Long Hunters;" one of
the first exi:>lurers of the Cumberland
Country. I)i>covere«l lUedsoc's Lick,
which was so named for him. Removed
to .Sumner county, Tennosee in 1780.
W^as one of the justices of the peace for
Davidson and Sumner counties ; fir>t ma-
jor of Davidson County Militia. Was



Names of Blf.dsoI': Dksck.ndaxts 81

killed ].)}' Indians about 300 yards west
from this spot on April '), \7'J3. Left
throe sons and five daui^htcrs. The
Intlians gave him the name "Tullatoska."

Mrs. T. II. Clarke in the Xashiillc 7\^iiiicsscaii, De-
cember 19, 1908:

GRANITE SHAFT HONORS MF.MORV OF THE BLEDSOES.

The substantial monument of j^ray granite that has
been erected to the memory of those sturdy pioneer
heroes, ^Vnthony and Isaac Bledsoe, by their descend-
ants, near the spot where they were killed by the In-
dians over a century ago, was dedicated with appro-
priate and interesting ceremonies yesterday at Bled-
soe's Lick, near Gallatin, in Sumner county, Tennessee.

The monument surmounts a proud eminence, over-
looking an area ever\- inch of whose soil is sacred in
the heart and hallowed in the memory of every lo}al
American.

Nature chose a most beautiful and fitting setting for
the enactment of one of the most thrilling and tragic
stories of early American civilization, and no wontlor
that the surrounding hills and the rich valleys inter-
vening have been enriched by the association of some
of the bravest, the truest and knightliest of men, Vvh.o
have blazed the way and u])held the standard of south-
western civilization.

It has been said by some loyal and enthusiastic son of
Sumner that the county is the fourth grand division of
the State of Tennessee, and that the Slate is divi.led
into East Tennessee, West Tennessee, Middle Ten-
nessee and Sumner county. Standing on the brow
of that stately hill, looking over the graceful liills
and fertile valleys and hearing the stories of Bate,
1 tail, Winchester, the IWcdsocs and Edward Carmack.
tlie visitor is not disposed to disinUc the proi)riety of
this division.



82 Historic Sl-m.\i:r Couxtv, Ti:x.\.

Al'l'KOl'KIATi: M(.)X UMi:XT.

The niDiumicnt is of gray granite, and ihc design
is plain, unpretentious, ruggctl and substantial, a'^ is
suggested 1)\ the character of those splcnchM men
whose nicnicjry it i)erpetuatcs.

Across gently undulating meadows, fertile and hean-
tiful, and scarcely a stone's throw to the right, lies the
old farm ui)on which the beloved Edward Ward (.'ar-
mack first saw the light, and over whose fields, rich in
harvest vield, he played in boyish glee; about an efpuil
distance in the other direction the sky line is fringed
with the t0])s of the trees that adorn the former home
of General William B. r.ate. of sacred memory : in the
nearer distance, untouched by the hand of time, and
the ])lowshare of i)rogress, a dozen marble slaljs.
dimmed by time, marked the resting places of the con-
temi)oraries of the liledsoes, who shared with them
the hardships and the dangers of those early days;
while the monument itself marks the graves of Col-
onels Anthony and Isaac lUedsoe.

CRKIUT TO COI.OXI-.L CISCO.

That this beautiful monument has been erected to
perpetuate the memory and tell t(.) future generations
the thrilling life story and the tragic ending of these
iieroes, is due to the patriotic heart of Colonel j. G.
Cisco, of Xashville, whose wife was a lineal descendant
of Colonel .\nthony lUedsoe.

Colonel Cisco, in the warmth of a patriotic s]>!iit.
and the appreciation of the. worth of his ancestor.^.
conceived the idea of the erection of this momnnent
some two years ago. and to Ins jiatriotism and his
loyalty are due the crcvlit. 'Hie final consnnnuation of
his wishes not only marks the graves of heroes, but
stands a tribute to his own patriotism and devotion.

Although the day was cold and dreary, those who
gathered on that sacred spot yesterday to witness the



Xamks of ]'.Li:nsoK Dr.scKxnAXTS 83

intorc'Stiiif:^ ceremonies attendant upon the dedication
of the monument, composed a comjiany of men and
women who are worthy representatives of their heroic
ancestors.

It was not for them, with a (hiutuless s])irit inherited
from a line of heroes, to he deterred hy wind or cold
or rain, and tliey delighted to honor with their jjres-
ence so significant an occasion.

Not only did the Sumner County descendants of the
Blcdsoes attend, but quite a numher from Nashville
went up on the morning train, including Colonel Cisco
and his daughters. Misses Bertie and Mozlle. Major
George V,. ("iuild. D. Siielby \\'illiams. Mrs. Williams.
her son. Mr. IVazier. and wife, and Mr. ?^Iartin. Mr.
S. A. Cunningham, editor of the Confederate \'eteran,
and ?Ienry liledsoe and Miss lY^arl JUedsoe. also at-
tended the dedication.

STRONG STATIi-WIDE SKXTI MIIN'T.

The meeting was ])resified over by Mr. Donoho.
princijtal of the Bledsoe Academy, on whose grounds
the monument stands. When Colonel Cisco had lo-
cated the graves and found they were on the academy
grounds he reqtiested s])ace for the monument, and a
l»lot thirty feet square was cheerfully given. The ex-
ercises were held inside the school l)uikHng. owiiig to
the inclemency of the weather. After "America" was
sung in ringing tones by the audience. Dr. John A.
McFerrin. a venerable and greatly beloved resident
of Sumner county, led in a fer\-ent and eloquent
pra\er.

Mr. Donoho then introduced Colonel James Ma-
lonc, also a resident of Sumner county since his birth,
and who is connected with the B.ledsoe family. Cnldnel
Malone said that the first word lie learned to lisj) was
that of the lUedsoe's. and that he loved and revered it.
Me .said that while he was not exj)ccting to be cnlK-d


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