Person:Cyrus Hutcherson (1)

Cyrus Burks Hutcherson
m. Dec 1821
  1. Cyrus Burks Hutcherson1824 - 1907
  2. John Ambrose Hutcherson1828 -
  • HCyrus Burks Hutcherson1824 - 1907
  • WLou Ann Burks1828 - 1891
m. 17 Apr. 1848
  1. William Garnett HutchersonABT 1852 -
  2. Mary Lizzie Hutcherson1854 -
  3. Hon. John Cyrus Hutcherson1860 - 1946
  4. Lula B. Hutcherson1866 -
Facts and Events
Name Cyrus Burks Hutcherson
Alt Name[4][5] Cyrus B. Hutcherson
Alt Name[3] Cyrus B. Hutchinson
Gender Male
Birth[10] 19 Apr. 1824 Green, Kentucky, United States
Marriage 17 Apr. 1848 Barren, Kentucky, United Statesto Lou Ann Burks
Other[9] 1850 Kentucky, United StatesMaster Mason, Allen Lodge
Residence[3] 1860 Barren, Kentucky, United States
Other[4][6][7] 10 Oct 1861 Barren, Kentucky, United StatesFirst Kentucky Battle of the Civil War
Religion[4] Methodist Episcopal Church, South
Occupation[4] Farmer, Trader
Occupation[1] 1880 Hiseville, Barren, Kentucky, United StatesFarming
Occupation[5] 1900 Hiseville, Barren, Kentucky, United StatesFarmer
Alt Death[4] 1907
Death[10] 1 Apr 1907 Barren, Kentucky, United States
Image Gallery
  1. United States Census, 1880, C.B. Hutchinson [sic], in
  2.   Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979, C.B. Hutcherson; Lu Ann Burks, in
  3. 3.0 3.1 United States Census, 1860, Cyrus B. Hutchinson [sic], in
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Johnson, E. Polk. A history of Kentucky and Kentuckians: the leaders and representative men in commerce, industry and modern activities. Lewis Publishing Company, 1912, Vol. 3, p. 1535-37.

    via Google Books

    ... Cyrus B. and Lou Ann (Burks) Hutcherson, who were also both natives of Kentucky, born in Green county in 1824, and in Barren county in 1828. respectively. After their marriage, which was solemnized in Barren countv about the year 1848, they settled on a farm in the northeastern part of the county, about thirteen miles from Glasgow, where they afterward made their home until their deaths, the mother dying in 1891 and the father surviving until 1906. They were members of the Methodist Episcopal church, South, and were among the best and most highly respected citizens of the county. The father was a farmer and trader and became well-to-do. He was considered and was in very truth one of the progressive and substantial men of his county until the war, which almost completely ruined his fortunes. He and his wife were the parents of four children, namely: William G., who resided on a part of the old homestead; Lizzie, who is unmarried and makes her home with her brother on the old farm; John C., the subject; and Lula B., who is a missionary in South America.

    On this old homestead farm of Mr. C B. Hutcherson in Barren county was fought the first battle in the state of Kentucky between Confederate and Federal troops, the engagement taking place at his home early in the course of the struggle between the states and being described below. The affair was an instance ... [largely copied from S7 below] ...

    Early next morning a small force of cavalry went out from Horse Cave under command of Colonel Jack Allen; and Colon, Lewis sent additional volunteers from the Sixth Kentucky Infantry to reinforce the little party there, as it was apprehended that the enemy might be on the move from Greensburg; however, no further trouble occurred. Among the horsemen were Wallace Herr and James H. Rudy, who afterward became distinguished members of the First Kentucky Cavalry.

  5. 5.0 5.1 United States Census, 1900, Cyrus B. Hutcherson, in
  6. "Was in Barren County", rpt. of Glasgow Times article, in The Hartford Herald, Hartford, KY., Vol. XX No. 23, 6 Jun. 1894.

    A Graphic Account of this Fight
    as Told by an Interesting
    Participant---One Fed-
    eral was Killed.
    [Glasgow Times]
    Passing down the streets of Oklahoma
    City, Oklahoma Territory, a few days
    ago, the writer was introduced to a
    gentleman slightly past middle age.
    The Oklahoman man courteously in-
    quired where the newspaper man was
    from, and, on being told Barren coun-
    ty, exclaimed: "Barren county! why, it
    was right in that county that the first
    gun was fired and the first blood shed
    in Kentucky during the late war. I
    know all about it, for I was there my-
    self." Upon being questioned, he said
    that it was in a fight at a gentleman's
    residence near Park, and that the
    gentleman's name was Hutcherson.
    The Oklahoman was thoroughly con-
    versant with the details of the fight and
    had evidently participated in it. In-
    vestigation reveals the fact that he
    knew what he was talking about, and
    that he was probably correct in his as-
    sertion that the first gun fired in real
    war in Kentucky, and the first blood-
    spilling in the State, between soldiers
    on each side, occurred in Barren
    From this gentleman himself, and
    from others engaged in the fight, as
    well as Thompson's history of the First
    Kentucky Brigade, the following ac-
    count of the affair is gleaned:
    ... [largely copied from S7 below] ...

    The gentleman in Oklahoma closed
    the interview by sending his regards to
    "all the boys who were left." Outside
    the historical importance attaching to
    the affair as the first engagement in
    Kentucky between soldiers on both
    sides in which life was lost and blood
    shed, the fight can now be regarded as
    a small affair, but it created great ex-
    citement at the time.

  7. Thompson, Edwin Porter. History of the First Kentucky Brigade. Caxton Publishing House: Cincinnati, 1868, pp. 66-69.

    Via Google Books

    And, notwithstanding all the sportive attacks of the "veterans," it is worth recording, that (to use a sporting phrase) "first blood" was for the Sixth and Ninth—members of these regiments having engaged in two little affairs previously to the evacuation of Kentucky.

    It is well remembered, that upon the advent of the respective armies of Johnston and Anderson on Bowling Green and Elizabethtown, restraints which had hitherto operated to prevent outrage, were measurably removed, and the conflicting passions of the populace broke out into occasional acts of violence among them. The most quiet and honorable citizens were not safe from molestation, provided they were known to entertain decided sentiments in favor of the South, and possessed, withal, an influential power which was likely to be exerted for the Confederate Government. In many instances, too, the more unprincipled and baser sort took advantage of the unsettled state of affairs to wreak personal vengeance upon those, either Southern or Northern sympathizers, toward whom, justly or unjustly, they bore either secret or avowed enmity, since, under the pretext of serving the Union or the new Confederacy, as the case might be, they could commit acts of revengeful cruelty with perfect impunity from the laws.

    The vile practice of exciting the military authorities against private citizens, by spiteful and malicious reports, was productive of much evil and danger to those who were outspoken in favor of the southern movement.

    The affair previously alluded to, in which members of the Sixth Regiment were engaged, took place in Barren County, and is but an instance of the manner in which it was sought to drag private citizens from their homes, on charges trumped up, perhaps, by secret and designing foes. On the morning of the 10th of October, 1861, Colonel Lewis, then encamped at Cave City, learned that an apprehended movement was on foot to arrest Mr. C. B. Hutcherson, living near the intersection of the Munfordsville and Burksville road with that running from Greensburg to Glasgow. His character had never been other than that of the honorable, high-toned gentleman and enterprising citizen. His crime was that he favored the Southern government. By request, Colonel Lewis agreed to send ten men, as volunteers, to guard him against what was looked upon as simply lawless violence. The party consisted of John G. Hudson, Thomas G. Page, Samuel Anderson, A. G. King, Robert J. Hindman, John B. Spurrier, Gideon B. Rhodes, Joseph L. Tucker, John C. Peden, and a man named Mansfield. The citizens present who engaged in the fight were C. B. Hutcherson, M. H. Dickinson, George Wright, and Samuel Marshall. The soldiers repaired to Mr. Hutcherson's during the day, but it is supposed that they were either unobserved by citizens friendly to the Federal cause, or that, if any such noticed them, they did not know that a movement was on foot to seize him that night. Having taken the precaution to throw out some pickets, the remainder of the party waited for developments. They had nine or ten muskets, while some of them were armed with nothing but repeaters. The alarm that a body of horsemen was approaching was given by a picket some time in the night, and the Confederates arranged themselves in the front yard, in which direction the enemy was reported advancing. An open grave-yard was but a short distance from the house, on a slight eminence, and a little to the left of the front gate. It was but a short time before men were observed coming steadily and as stealthily as possible, and, when well advanced, and occupying the burying-place, with ground, perhaps, on the left and contiguous, some one in the yard called to them to halt. Instead of answering the challenge in form, however, they fired, and at once the party of Confederates replied, firing as rapidly and as accurately as possible in the darkness, which produced instant confusion, not only in the attacking party, but among the horse-holders, whom they had posted in a hollow in the field some distance back. There was a noise of men in hurried retreat, mingled with groans from the grave-yard and the running of horses evidently stampeded and dashing about the inclosed pasture. The darkness of night and the weakness of the Confederates (there being but fourteen, all told) necessarily prevented their assuming the offensive, but the aggressive force was already completely routed. Their number has been variously estimated at from fifty to a hundred men—supposed to have been a full company of a Federal regiment. The fire of the Confederates was not so destructive as it would have been had there been proper management in taking position and proper concert in action; but, all things considered, the punishment inflicted compares favorably with any of the war, considering the forces engaged. The Federals were, doubtless, four to one, at least, and well armed, while, as before remarked, the Confederates had several men armed with nothing but revolvers. One Federal was killed outright; two were brought in next morning very severely wounded; five others are known to have been wounded, some of them badly; others are rumored to have been wounded; and thirty horses, with equipments, were captured. No Confederate was even touched; and the only damage done was the putting of some balls through the house—one of these having evidently been fired at a lady who looked out of an upper window to see how the storm was raging below, as it struck the right half-shutter while she had the left one open and her head out.

  8.   Gorin Genealogical Publishing, Barren County Vital Statistics – Births 1852 through 1859, 1861 and 1878. (c) 1994.

    Last names shown are those of the slave owner until emancipation.

    Name Owner or parents Date of Birth Color
    Hutcherson, Emily C. B. Hutcherson 29 Aug 1854 Black
    Hutchinson, Christopher C. B. Hutchinson 00 Oct 1859 Black
    Hutchinson, Robert C. B. Hutchinson 00 May 1861 Black

  9. Allen Lodge, No. 24, in Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, 1850, p. 58.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Family Records.