Brev. Brig. Gen'l
- May 12, 2010
- Now Florida but always a Kentuckian
Kate Brownlee Sherwood was born in Poland, Ohio in 1841. She was the daughter of Judge James and Mrs. Rebecca Brownlee. At the age of 18 she married Isaac Sherwood. They moved to Bryan, Ohio where they published the Williams County Gazette.
When President Lincoln issued the call for volunteers for the war, Isaac Sherwood left the newspaper business and enlisted as a private in the Fourteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was sent to West Virginia and fought at Laurel Mountain, Cheat River and Carrick's Ford. Later he took command of the 111th OVI with the rank of Colonel and participated in many of the battles around Atlanta. President Lincoln made Sherwood a Brevet Brigadier General for his long and faithful service and gallantry at the battle of Franklin. He was mustered out on July 15, 1865.
While her husband was at war, Kate Sherwood was busy at home writing and publishing patriotic poems. Her poems were treasured by soldiers, veterans and all the wives and mothers of soldiers. Most popular of her poems were "Drummer Boy of Mission Ridge', "Forever and Forever", and "The Old Flag".
isaac Sherwood later went on to be member of Congress. Kate was known for her poetry and writing. She was of "invaluable assistance in helping her husband to gain political honors". She contributed to many leading periodicals and published many other poems. One of her best known writings was "Democratic Salad". This salad, she wrote, "was composed of a handful of hospitality, a heartful of good cheer, a headful of common sense; mix with the oil of joy, flavor with faith, hope and charity; serve liberally at the festive board, and keep the door wide open to all comers".
She died in 1914.