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Helm anniversary draws attention to Civil War heritage

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Stories from the Heartland

By Amber Coulter

Benjamin Hardin Helm was in his early 20s when he was commissioned as a colonel in the Confederate Army.

That took place after he turned down the position of paymaster of the Union Army offered by his brother-in-law, President Abraham Lincoln.

The Hardin County resident’s state began tensions by trying to remain neutral, but ended up siding with the Union Army.


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