The Civil War in Kentucky

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In , African American soldiers constructed fortifications high above the ford and ferry at Boonesboro, entirely by hand. Brooks, never mounted permanent artillery.

The Civil War Fort is 17 miles from Lexington. Head out Richmond Road all the way to the River. At , turn right and go 1 mile. The colorful murals of the parking lot will be on your left. The building itself was a Union cartridge factory and supply center. Several other war-related sites are found in Kentucky's capital city.

Federal reparation payments for war damage actually helped pay for the building. Another point of interest is the Frankfort Cemetery, with its stately Confederate Memorial and wall memorial to all heroic Kentucky war veterans. Main St. Frankfort is about 27 miles west of Lexington via I Bluegrass Note: Although as a state Kentucky did not secede, 63 counties did - setting up a Confederate government at Bowling Green in Western Kentucky. A Bluegrass Kentuckian, George W.

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Johnson is buried in the Georgetown Cemetery. John Hunt Morgan's forays included and battles in and around the small town of Cynthiana in Harrison County. In the raid the Confederates captured the town, but in , they were forced to retreat, for all practical purposes ending Morgan's raids in the state. Thousands of African-Americans and their families traveled to the camp for enlistment - and freedom.

The installation also served as a refuge for the soldiers' families. Camp Nelson also was the state's chief center for the issuance of emancipation papers to former slaves. Four thousand Civil War soldiers are buried in the national cemetery located on part of the camp site. A 5 mile trail gives an overview of the supply depot and the northern line of defense. The restored officers quarters are open Tuesday through Saturday, Camp Nelson is located off US 27, about 20 miles south of Lexington.

Bluegrass Note: More than 30, men left their Kentucky homes to fight for the Confederacy. Twice that many Kentuckians fought for the North, including 20, African-Americans, the second-highest number among all the states. The village's interpretive center includes information about the impact of the war. Every other year the village holds a Civil War weekend with living interpretations of camp life, medical care and other aspects of the era.

Continue on US 68 a few miles to Harrodsburg. Bluegrass Note: Lt. William R. He asked his grandson to return to the gap years after the surrender, stand at the pinnacle and curse the Yankees for five minutes, which the grandson did on September 9, Lexington can also be an ideal base from which to explore some of Kentucky's other Civil War sites.

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Here's a guide to points of interest in Lexington and the region. Insights into Slavery Slavery was an important part of the antebellum economy in the Bluegrass, where slaves made up about one half of the population. In Defense of the Kentucky River Towering walls of rock prevented easy crossing of the Kentucky River, but Confederate soldiers still managed to cross and recross by ford or ferry, creating havoc for Union Forces. On the Road with the Raiders Col.

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Beyond the Bluegrass Lexington can also be an ideal base from which to explore some of Kentucky's other Civil War sites. The park is located in Hodgenville, Kentucky, 83 miles west of Lexington. Of strategic importance to both sides, this pioneer gateway to Kentucky changed hands several times during the war. About 65 miles north of Lexington via US Open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a. For more information contact VisitLEX at Top Ten Things To Do. Calendar of Events.

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Near Keeneland. Near UK. See the table below for lists of the regiments, battalions, batteries, and unassigned companies. This web site can also be searched by the name of a soldier. Soldiers from Kentucky served in both the Union and Confederate armies. The state adopted a policy of neutrality until September , when a pro-Union element gained control of the legislature. Though Kentucky never seceded from the Union, there was a sizable pro-Confederate element in the state.

The service records are available at the National Archives in Washington, D. For more information see Union Pension Records. The group supported voting rights for black veterans, and lobbied the U. Congress to establish veterans' pensions. In the membership was , To request editing rights on the Wiki, click here. From FamilySearch Wiki. Kentucky Military. Kentucky in the Civil War. Union Units. Colored Troops.

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