Kentucky Historical Society
KHS to Unveil Historical Markers on Same Day at 3 Civil War Sites

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, May 19, 2015  
Contact Information:  Laurel Harper
502-564-1792 x 4489
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 19, 2015) – The Kentucky Historical Society will join three Civil War sites in the Bluegrass region for a series of marker dedications May 30.

 

Dedication ceremonies will take place at:

       10 a.m., at the Battle of Richmond Visitors Center, 101 Battlefield Memorial Highway, Richmond

       11:45 a.m. at Camp Dick Robinson in northern Garrard County, junction of U.S. 27 and Kentucky 34

       12:45 p.m. at Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park, 6614 Danville Road, Nicholasville

 

Because some people will attend all three events, start times are approximate to allow for travel. The respective marker subjects are:

 

       The Old State Road as a major transportation route for troops under the command of Confederate Gen. E. Kirby Smith from Knoxville, Tennessee, to the Richmond, Kentucky, area in August 1862. A Confederate attack and subsequent battle that followed the Old State Road was a decisive Confederate victory.

 

       President Abraham Lincoln’s authorization of 5,000 guns for Kentucky Unionists in response to Union officer and Kentuckian William Nelson’s concern at the lack of weapons available to them. The guns were sent covertly across the state to avoid violating Kentucky’s neutrality. The flight of Union sympathizers from East Tennessee to Camp Dick Robinson to enlist in the Union Army, especially after Tennessee joined the Confederate States of America on June 8, 1861. By March 1862, enough East Tennessee men had enlisted to fill four regiments.

 

       The impression of Kentucky slaves into service on Union Army construction projects, especially roads and railroads, and their work in building Camp Nelson. Many impressed slaves from local farms who worked on Camp Nelson in 1863 trained there after blacks were allowed to enlist in the U.S. Army in 1864.

 

These markers are part of a larger statewide initiative to highlight the role of transportation in Kentucky during the Civil War. They were funded by a Federal Transportation Enhancement Grant administered by the Kentucky Historical Society.

 

For more information about the May 30 dedications, call the Battle of Richmond Visitors Center at 859-624-0013. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Marker program, call the Kentucky Historical Society at 502-564-1792.

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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.