By Max Hrenda
Next weekend, the blue and gray will meet again in the open field, though, this time, families are welcome to attend.
On July 27 and 28, the 12th Tennessee Cavalry will host the fifth annual Battle of Brooks’ Farm Civil War re-enactment at 1548 Blue Springs Road in Stoney Creek.
During the time of the Civil War, the farm was owned by Reuben Brooks. Although no battle was technically fought on Brooks’ farm, according to Grant Hardin, one of the event’s organizers, the house itself presents a unique historical perspective.
“His house was very unusual because, as far as I know, it was the only mansion or plantation in this whole area that was owned and operated by a family of Confederate lineage,” Hardin said. “In this immediate area, they were predominately very strong Unionists. Confederate-thinking people in this area were very slim.”
Hardin continued, saying that the Brooks family may have had a very specific reason for siding with the Confederacy.
“I feel sure that one big reason was because they were slave-holders,” Hardin said. “They knew if the Confederacy didn’t hold, they were going to lose their slaves.”