Kentucky Historical Society
KHS to Unveil Civil War-Related Historical Marker in Lebanon

Press Release Date:  Thursday, June 18, 2015  
Contact Information:  Becky Riddle

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.


Dedication ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m., at the Lebanon National Cemetery, 20 Highway 208 in Lebanon.


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.


Camp Crittenden 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 Historical Society.


For more 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