Rita Ownby Holcomb Author

Bringing my ancestors to life.

Camped atop a green mountain near Buffalo Springs on a cold Sunday morning in January, 1864, Watt took a few moments to read his bible. A particular passage seemed appropriate so he commenced to read aloud. A small group formed around him as he read Ephesians 6:10-16:

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

A deep voice broke in: “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of rightness;”

Startled, Watt looked up to see who was so eloquently quoting scripture and saw a cavalry lieutenant leaning against a tree. He nodded at the lieutenant and continued to read as the lieutenant recited the passage with him:

Watt rose and saluted smartly. The lieutenant returned the salute and held out his hand to shake. He said, “Lieutenant John Christopher, and who do I have the honor of addressing?”

Shaking the lieutenant’s hand, Watt laughed and said, “So you’re the infamous Lieutenant John my little sister keeps talking about.”

Photo of the valley below a hill near Buffalo Springs in eastern Tennessee. Taken in 2000.

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