Kentucky Historical Society
KHS to Dedicate Historical Marker to Honor Civil War in Bardstown
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2011) — The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a historical marker to honor the Civil War in Bardstown at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at 1468 N. 3rd St. in Bardstown.
On Oct. 4, 1862, Terry’s Texas Rangers, Confederate States of America (CSA), under the command of Col. John Wharton, were posted north of Bardstown at Fairgrounds crossroads on the Louisville Pike to intercept units of Buell’s Union Army of the Ohio. Bragg’s CSA Army of Mississippi was withdrawing from Bardstown, moving east toward Harrodsburg.
The Rangers’ rear-guard action found itself confronted with far superior numbers. Wharton ordered the Rangers into columns and gave the bugle command to charge. This bold action broke the Union lines, scattering the cavalry troopers and infantry into disarray. This was a victory for the Texas Rangers, who fought next at the Battle of Perryville.
The Kentucky Historical Marker Program, administered by KHS in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, commemorates historical sites, events and personalities throughout the state. Through the program, the wealth of Kentucky history is made accessible to the public on markers along the state’s roadways. The markers are on-the-spot history lessons that add drama and interest to the countryside for Kentuckians as well as tourists.
For more information about the program, contact Becky Riddle, Kentucky Historical Marker program coordinator, at 502-564-1792, ext. 4474 or email@example.com.
An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky's history. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit the website at www.history.ky.gov.