FRANKLIN, TN — Kindergartener Pat Montgomery spends countless hours exploring the woods and playing in the creek behind his home.
Generally, Pat has been described as a very lonely and morose child by his neighbors and school teacher. However, lately the boy became inexplicably cheery, and talked incessantly about his new friend Billy.
His parents were initially thrilled to see their son coming out of his shell before they realized his new “friend” was merely a figment of Pat’s imagination. They intervened, setting up playdates for their son, but he never quite clicked with the other children. In fact, he later told his parents that “Billy” was getting jealous.
One evening, loud drumming kept waking Pat’s parents up, so they shouted for him to “cut it out.” But their son continued. Intent on taking the Confederate drum his great grandfather recovered during the Battle of Franklin, his mother stormed down the hallway. She flung the door wide open only to see Pat laying down in his bed. All the while, the drumsticks carried on wailing against the old drum without anyone holding them. They fell to the floor an instant later.
“Patty, honey,” whispered his mother, “what did you say your friend Billy looks like?”
Her son described the rag-tag uniform of the boy, as well as his elaborate backstory, including a firsthand account of the Battle of Franklin.
She was understandably spooked by the ghost in her home, but Pat’s mother was even more horrified that her son might make the same mistakes that his ancestors had by holding dear a heritage of oppression. After listening to his mother, Pat told Billy they couldn’t be friends anymore.
The National Association of Child Welfare warns that if you notice your child acting strangely that 66% of the time they are under the influence of a Confederate ghost, so be sure to describe to them the horrors of the Civil War in graphic detail.