Captain Ben Nicklen, of the 13th Indiana Battery, was in command at Fort Thomas and possibly in charge of the refugee camp near Gallatin. He was a strong supporter of the contraband and worked desperately to calm the racial hatred of the 8th Eastern Tennessee Cavalry. When the 8th Regiment left Gallatin in September, Nicklin took over.
(Taken from Durham, Walter T. Rebellion Revisited, a History of Sumner County, Tennessee From 1861 to 1870 Sumner County Museum Association. Gallatin, Tennessee. 1982. p198)
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