Kentucky Historical Society
KHS to Unveil Historical Markers on Same Day at 3 Civil War Sites
(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.
ceremonies will take place at:
a.m., at the Battle of Richmond Visitors Center, 101 Battlefield Memorial
a.m. at Camp Dick Robinson in northern Garrard County, junction of U.S. 27 and
p.m. at Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park, 6614 Danville Road, Nicholasville
people will attend all three events, start times are approximate to allow for
travel. The respective marker subjects are:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.