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Between General Henry's family and the Johnson family there grew up a bitter political feeling, which was maintained during the life of the parties.
General Henry was a man of great intelligence, a fine public speaker; six feet two inches high and perfectly erect, blue-gray eyes and Roman nose, pleasant in conversation, fond of anecdote, with a kindly disposition which bore no malice, without ostentation, and a Christian gentleman of the highest character.
He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church, and was a member of the first Synod of that church in the State of Kentucky, formed in 1803. He was senator from Scott County, 1796 to 1800, and its representative in the Kentucky Legislature, 1793-4, 1801, and 1809. He was defeated in 1813 for the legislature by Colonel Robert Johnson, father of Colonel Richard M. Johnson, and never afterward aspired to any political office.
He long held a prominent command in the militia of Kentucky, was a great favorite with Governor Shelby, and was given the position of senior major-general at Urbana, Ohio, and during the absence of Governor Shelby was in chief command of the Kentucky army.
His family had a remarkable record. Two of his sons were representatives in Congress from Kentucky, and the third, Gustavus A. Henry, represented Christian County in the Kentucky Legislature in 1831-2, and upon his removal to Tennessee was elected to Congress, and was also senator in the Confederate Congress and a distinguished officer in the Confederate service.
His grandson was a member of Congress from Mississippi, and a great-grandson was also a member of Congress from Mississippi.
He was appointed by President Madison assessor for the Third Kentucky District, which office he held for several years, and in 1816 moved to Hopkinsville, Christian County, living in strict retirement with his family, and where he died November 23, 1824. He was interred on the farm of his brother, about ten miles from Hopkinsville.
General Joseph Desha.
General Joseph Desha, who commanded the Second Division, was born in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, December 9, 1768. His father had moved from the Wyoming Valley to Virginia a short time before the Indian massacre, and in 1781 came to Kentucky.
He volunteered in the campaign under Wayne, was with him at Fallen Timbers in 1794, and acted with great gallantry. For quite a number of years he remained with William Whitley at his station near Crab Orchard.