For Kathy Hall, the specter of a war fought 200 years ago stays close to her heart. Her ancestor, Capt. James C. Price, lost his life while commanding a group of Jessamine County soldiers at the Battle of Frenchtown, the deadliest conflict of the War of 1812.
“My mother was a Price,” Hall said. “James Price was my grandfather times four. His militia group was known as the Jessamine Blues. Their uniforms were distinctive, blue with light facings.”
Hall said the Jessamine Blues were sent up to Michigan, near the Raisin River, where they fought the British and Indians.
“Some call it The Battle of Frenchtown and some say The Battle at River Raisin,” Hall said. “There’s a letter he wrote to his wife, Susan, on the night before the battle that’s printed in Young’s History of Jessamine County. He knew his chances of survival were slim.”
Like most of the men from Kentucky, Price was left in an unmarked grave in Michigan.