Fentress Historical Society Receives Spanish American War Document

Left to right: Author Mark Dudney, Mary Robbins, Candy Price and Thomas Potter.

Left to right: Author Mark Dudney, Mary Robbins, Candy Price and Thomas Potter.

By Mary Robbins

The Fentress County Historical Society is pleased to announce the recent receipt of the framed discharge certificate of John H. Price, a veteran of the Spanish American War.

The gift was presented to the Society by Candy Price, great-great granddaughter of Corporal Price.

“We are honored that Ms. Price chose to entrust her great-great grandfather’s military discharge to our care,” said Willie Beaty, Chairman of the Historical Society  “It will become part of our growing collection of military memorabilia currently displayed at the Society museum in Allardt.”

The occasion of the presentation was a Historical Society program at the Fentress County Courthouse during which author Mark Dudney discussed his book, Sons of the Cumberland: Cordell Hull and John Jordan Gore.

That the presentation was made at this time is significant because John H. Price served as a Corporal in Company H of the 4th Regiment, Tennessee  Volunteer Infantry.  Cordell Hull recruited, organized and was commissioned Captain of  Company H, which was assigned the occupation of Cuba, with headquarters at Trinidad.

As a non-commissioned officer, Corporal Price served 1898-1899 in Company H and was mustered out at Savannah, Georgia, May 6, 1899.  His military record, which is part of the discharge, was handwritten by Captain Hull.  In the remarks section, Hull wrote that Corporal Price was “of excellent character” and that his service had been “honest and faithful.”

In making the presentation, Ms. Price stated:  “I am proud of my great-great grandfather’s service and pleased that his discharge and service record will be displayed at the Fentress County Historical Society Museum for everyone to see.”

Mr. Dudney also expressed his appreciation to the group for allowing him to be a part of the program, stating:  “I really enjoyed speaking to the members of the Fentress County Historical ociety tonight.  They had excellent questions and a couple of members related some great stories to me about their families’ personal connection to Cordell Hull.  I think I learned more than they did.”