In this series, we are going to bring you voices from the past – recordings recently found of four of our speakers from the years 1973-1975.
This third voice is that of a historian, James W. Hammack, Jr. Dr. Hammack was on the Department of History faculty of Murray State University (MSU) for 30 years, 10 years of which he served as Department Chair. Following his death, a Scholarship Banquet has been held, for the past 8 years, at which the Dr. James W. Hammack, Jr. graduate scholarship is awarded.
Dr. Hammack was the author of a book entitled, Kentucky and the Second American Revolution: The War of 1812. This recorded speech was given December 5, 1975.
Dr. Hammack’s speech explores the various battles of the War of 1812, including the Battle of the Thames and the Battle of New Orleans, and how the valor and skill of the fighting men from Kentucky gave birth to the term “Kentucky Rifleman” .
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