Tuesday, July 4, 2017

From 3-4000 people-- Really?

July 11, 1863 Weekly Sun
The citizens of Lawrence and Crawford counties united in celebrating the Fourth in a grand style, in a beautiful grove near Russellville.  We have heard the crowd estimated at from 3 to 4000 and we never witnessed a better state of feeling that was at this good old fashioned barbecue. The exercises were opened with prayer, followed by the reading of the Declaration of Independence. The crowd then adjourned to dinner and in the spite of the immense throng, there was an abundance of everything with enough to spare.  The whole affair passed off delightfully, and all who participated will no doubt always refer to it as one of the happiest and most pleasant events of their whole lives. 

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