Civil War, Whiskey, and Charles Weller

on August 11, 2013 in General History

I’m also a whiskey writer, and from time to time I come across a point where my whiskey- and novel-writing interests intersect. Such is the case with the fate of Charles D. Weller.

Parts of Kentucky and virtually all of Tennessee descended into a state of near lawlessness during the war, which isn’t surprising when you consider that from 1861 to 1863 broad swathes of the region were either contested, bitterly discontented against whatever government ruled them, or were in a state of open revolt. Partisans, bands of draft dodgers, and just plain out-and-out bandits operated with near impunity.

Clarksville, Tennessee figures in the sequel novel, Mother Earth, Bloody Ground, and I stumbled across a tidbit in my notes recently, something I wrote down six years ago and promptly forgot. While on a business trip to Tennessee, Kentucky bourbon-maker Charles D. Weller and an associate were robbed and murdered in Clarksville in 1862. Charles was the brother of William Larue Weller, whose name currently adorns a line of wheated bourbons made by Buffalo Trace.

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