Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Story of the Spur

The Spur as told to Gloria Clare Kidd Atkinson by her father, Henry Mike Lee Kidd
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Civil War 1863
In about the year 1863 the Civil War had been raging for two years.  The Northern soldiers were occupying much of the South.** 
Leroy Anderson Kidd
Grandfather Leroy Kidd lived about four miles from the town of Manchester Tenn.
He had been a breeder of fine horses, and was of the wealthier class of the South.
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Manchester, Tennessee
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The Northern soldiers too all the food from the people and all the animals they could find.  However, Grandfather had hid his best horses in the swamps before the soldiers came. 

James Kidd (young and old)

One day, as Grandfather Kidd and his son James (Jim) were taking a load of corn to the grist mill, a group of Northern soldiers stopped them.  The horses they were using were very old and very poor.  Uncle Jim was riding one to make the others go and was using spurs to make the old horse move.

The captain saw the spurs and demanded them.  Grandfather Kidd pleaded with the soldiers and asked them to leave him and his son alone.2562699699_b7e227d37d 

He told them with out the spurs the horses would not work and his children were without food.  The captain ordered one of his men to take the spurs. 

Uncle Jim told "I'll get pay for that spur."  Grandfather hushed him and drove away.  He was afraid the soldiers would shoot his son.
Later that night Uncle Jim and some of his friends went to the swamps.  Uncle Jim took one of his father's best horses and they road to the Northern camp.  dunker_churchThey killed many soldiers and chased the rest into a church. 

They kept them there until the Northern reinforcements arrived.
Uncle Jim and his friends had to run for their lives. 
Uncle Jim's horse out-ran and out-jumped all the rest. 
He told Grandfather later he jumped fences higher than his head. 
With the help of his very fast horse, Uncle Jim got paid for his spur. 

The remaining spur is now owned by Val Kidd.

** “The Civil War did not leave Manchester and Coffee County unscathed. In June of 1863, Union forces came southward from their victory at the battle of Murfreesboro and engaged Confederate forces in northwestern Coffee County. Though it was a small battle in terms of the outcome of the war, it was the first time that Spencer repeating rifles were used (7 to be specific). Severely outnumbered, the Union troops were still able to route their opponents en route to the next big battle of the war, Chattanooga, TN.” (Manchester Chamber of Commerce )

Our INSPIRATIONAL FAMILY FOCUS is a thought by Sister Mary Ellen Smoot, former Relief Society General President: 
“We don’t need a new program to spur us on—we need only incorporate the desire to share the gospel and reach out to new members and those who are less active…
We can be instruments in helping gather the Lord’s sheep back to the fold.”


Donna said...

Interesting read. Jim Kidd was my ancestor. Thanks for sharing

bevanmission said...

@Donna: Hello Cousin!! It's always great to find new cousins! James Kidd md Margaret McMahan are my GGUncle and GGAunt. I descend through James's brother, George Washington Kidd md Mary E Morrow - who are my GGrandparents. Sincerely, Hollie Bevan

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