Tag Archives: Kentucky

Saving History Saturday: Exciting News From Kentucky

House Bill 319. A new chapter for battlefield preservation may be on the horizon in Kentucky! State representative Daniel Elliott has sponsored this bill in the state legislature for the creation of Kentucky Battlefield Preservation Fund, which would help the … Continue reading

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Preservation News: Camp Nelson National Monument

Although the presidential decision and designation has been politicized and received controversially, historians can still rejoice in the creation of a new national monument with Civil War significance. This week Camp Nelson in Kentucky received designation as a national monument, … Continue reading

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The Civil War In Cynthiana, Kentucky

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Darryl Smith Cynthiana and surrounding Harrison County, Kentucky, located just sixty miles south of Cincinnati along the Kentucky Central Railroad, was the scene of two engagements during the Civil War.  During the early summer … Continue reading

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Robert Penn Warren, Jefferson Davis, and the Construction of a Monument

In his 1980 essay “Jefferson Davis Gets His Citizenship Back,” first printed in The New Yorker and later published as a short book, Robert Penn Warren reflected on the construction of a monument to former Confederate President Jefferson Davis. That … Continue reading

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The Great March From Cumberland Gap

Today in 1862 ended one of the epic marches in American military history, the evacuation of the Union garrison at Cumberland Gap to the Ohio River. The men, 7,000 under Brigadier General George W. Morgan, endured a test not often … Continue reading

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Save the Western High-Water Mark

The Civil War Trust released its latest appeal today, for 70 acres at Perryville. Here’s the link: http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/perryville/perryville-2016/. (Go ahead, look; I’ll wait.) This is an essential piece of ground for three major reasons.

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Oh the Snow Glitters Brightly On My Old Kentucky Home: The Gift of War Part II–Bourbon Balls

The Gift of War does not have to be all bitterness and gall. It can have a warm, sweetly nutty flavor as well! One of my favorite cookies is the Bourbon Ball, and I cannot think of anything (other than … Continue reading

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No NPS? No Problem!—Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site

Day One in a series coinciding with the federal government shutdown The largest and bloodiest battle ever fought in Kentucky occurred October 8, 1862, as Major Genera Don Carlos Buell’s U.S. Army of the Ohio fought elements of General Braxton … Continue reading

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The Vance Brothers

On a recent trip to North Carolina to speak at the Western North Carolina Civil War Round Table, I made a slight detour to visit the city of Asheville. While there I continued a mini-quest of mine to see the … Continue reading

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The Raid Begins: Morgan’s Raiders in Kentucky

Part 1 of a series “I’m sent to warn the neighbors. He isn’t a mile behind; He sweeps up all the horses— every horse he can find; Morgan, Morgan the raider, and Morgan’s terrible men, With bowie knives and pistols, … Continue reading

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