Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Union Marker at Richmond (Ky) Battlefield

Hat-tip to Craig Swain of To the Sound of the Guns  for posting this entry about a new marker in Richmond. Here is the Richmond Register article he discusses and links. I've heard some good things about recent preservation efforts at this battlefield and they supposedly have a nice museum. That sounds like a good idea for a spring or summer trip.

When I saw his line about  "But the headline here is about placing the first display placed by a northern state on this battlefield" my immediate reaction was to question it and whether Kentucky was truly a "northern" state, but I see he linked to the most excellent Creating a Confederate Kentucky (the link is to my review), one of the most informative books I've ever read, and which addresses the question I was going to raise. Craig is right - it is complicated to figure out how to describe Kentucky and how the post-war image matches up with the reality during the war (or even during the early part of the war or the final months.)

It is kind of a shame that Michigan seems to be providing more support for this project on a Kentucky battlefield than Kentucky itself is, but I guess that's the reality of the current political and economic situation. Still, it's great that somebody is taking this step and everyone involved in this deserves a round of applause.

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