Haze on the Horizon


Interstate 24 was oddly devoid of westbound congestion as we headed home from Athens, TN yesterday. Our road trip was one of curiosity as to what, if any, commemorations would signify the 75th anniversary of a very odd conflict in our nations’ history: the 1946 Battle of Athens.

My 15-year-old son, my 3-year-old daughter, and I had made the day trip to get a better understanding of the lay of the land and the scope of the contested area as what many folks in the Army would immediately recognize as a “staff ride.” I had recently finished Chris DeRose’s finely researched 2020 book The Fighting Bunch: The Battle of Athens and How World War II Veterans Won the Only Successful Armed Rebellion Since the Revolution, and I found myself both impressed at the temerity of the Veterans who challenged a corrupt local political machine and distressed that it…

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