Kentucky Historical Society
KHS to Unveil Civil War-Related Historical Marker in Lebanon
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June
18, 2015) – The Kentucky Historical Society will dedicate a historical marker
on June 27 that notes the importance of Camp Crittenden in the Civil War.
will take place at 10 a.m., at the Lebanon National Cemetery, 20 Highway 208 in
Col. John M.
Harlan founded Camp Crittenden in Lebanon in September 1861 and organized the
10th Kentucky Union Infantry there. The proximity of the Louisville
& Nashville Railroad to the area made it a convenient location for the
Union army to camp. Troops under the command of U.S. Gen. George Thomas were
among those who used the camp. They stayed there before fighting in the Battle
of Mill Springs in January of 1862.
The death of many
soldiers from typhoid led to the development of the Lebanon National Cemetery.
also was one of the largest African-American recruiting grounds in Kentucky,
behind Camp Nelson and Louisville. In 1864, more than 2,000 African-American
recruits, mostly slaves, joined the Union army there.
This marker is part
of a larger statewide initiative to highlight the role of transportation in
Kentucky during the Civil War. Several will be dedicated this year. They are funded
by a Federal Transportation Enhancement Grant administered by the Kentucky
information, call the Kentucky Historical Society at 502-564-1792.
The Kentucky Historical Society, an agency of
the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, was established in 1836 and is
committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky’s history.
KHS is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. For more
information about KHS and its programs, visit history.ky.gov.