Kentucky Historical Society
New Historical Marker Commemorates Civil War Skirmish of Benjamin Harrison

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 17, 2015  
Contact Information:  Becky Riddle
becky.riddle@ky.gov
502-564-1792, ext. 4474
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2015) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a new historical marker Oct. 7 in Russellville that commemorates a Civil War skirmish led by future president Benjamin Harrison.

The unveiling will take place at 1 p.m. CDT at the Logan County Public Library, 225 Armory Dr.  

The marker tells how Harrison, a colonel in the Union Army, surprised part of Confederate Col. John Hunt Morgan’s cavalry in Russellville. The skirmish was the first military engagement for the 29-year-old Harrison. His troops killed or wounded 35 Confederate soldiers, and Morgan’s men retreated. Harrison went on to serve under Gen. W.T. Sherman in the Atlanta Campaign. In 1889, he was elected 23rd president of the United States.

More than 2,200 historical markers statewide tell Kentucky’s history. More information about the marker application process, a database of markers and their text and the Explore Kentucky History app, a virtual tour of markers by theme, is at history.ky.gov/markers. KHS administers the Kentucky Historical Marker Program in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

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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.