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Near Richmond in Madison County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

General Thomas Churchill

 
 
General Thomas Churchill Wayside Exhibit image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, October 7, 2011
1. General Thomas Churchill Wayside Exhibit
Inscription. General Thomas Churchill ***

Gen. Thomas James Churchill commanded the brigade of Texas dismounted cavalry that delivered the crushing blow to the Union right. Churchill had come a long way home to lead the assault. ***

Thomas James Churchill was born near Louisville, Kentucky, on March 24, 1824. He might have spent the rest of his life here if not for the Mexican War. In 1846, en route to Mexico, the 1st Kentucky Mounted Rifles stopped in Little Rock, Arkansas. There, Churchill met Ann Sevier. The couple married in 1849 and bought a plantation near Little Rock. Except for his Confederate service, Churchill spent the rest of his life there. ***

Churchill recruited an Arkansas regiment in 1861. He was promoted to brigadier general after the Battle of Wilson's Creek, Missouri. Here, at Richmond, he led the Third Infantry Division - one brigade of Arkansas infantry and one brigade of Texas dismounted cavalry.

As commander of the garrison at Arkansas Post in 1863, Churchill held off a combined force of Union infantry and gunboats for three days before surrendering. He spent three months in a northern prison camp. Upon his release he led a division in the Red River Campaign and several battles in the Camden Campaign in Arkansas. ***

After the war, Churchill served three terms as Arkansas
Photograph of General Churchill image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, October 7, 2011
2. Photograph of General Churchill
State Treasurer and was elected governor in 1880. Although his term was plagued by scandal related to his years as treasurer, he accomplished a great deal. The first state-sponsored normal school for African Americans and a modern facility to care for the mentally ill were built during his term. Thomas James Churchill died shortly after his eighty-first birthday. He is buried in Little Rock.
 
Location. 37° 39.801′ N, 84° 15.259′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Kentucky, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from Battlefield Memorial Highway (U.S. 421), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is on the grounds of Battlefield Park. This is the site of the "Pleasant View" house. From the restroom building, take the walking trail northward for about .1 mile. Then, take the trail that leads off to the left at that point. The marker is at the end of this trail, about .2 mile distant. It's right next to the Texas State Memorial. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Battlefield Memorial Highway, Richmond KY 40475, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Texas Memorial (here, next to this marker); "Good, Common-Sense Soldiering" (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saving the Richmond Battlefield
General Thomas Churchill Wayside Exhibit image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, October 7, 2011
3. General Thomas Churchill Wayside Exhibit
A closer-in view, with the text easier to read
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Richmond (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Richmond (approx. 0.2 miles away); Slavery at Pleasant View Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Union Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Barnett Burial Ground (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
Additional comments.
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This marker is a part of the Civil War Discovery Trail series.
    — Submitted October 11, 2011, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
General Thomas Churchill Wayside Exhibit image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, October 7, 2011
4. General Thomas Churchill Wayside Exhibit
A closer-in view, with the text easier to read
General Thomas Churchill Wayside Exhibit image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, October 7, 2011
5. General Thomas Churchill Wayside Exhibit
A closer-in view, with the text easier to read
Engraving of the Battle of Arkansas Post from Harper's Weekly image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, October 7, 2011
6. Engraving of the Battle of Arkansas Post from Harper's Weekly
General Churchill's Memorial in Mt. Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, AR image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, October 7, 2011
7. General Churchill's Memorial in Mt. Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, AR
The Inscription on General Churchill's Memorial (Reverse Side) image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, October 7, 2011
8. The Inscription on General Churchill's Memorial (Reverse Side)
A closer-in view, with the text easier to read
General Thomas Churchill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
9. General Thomas Churchill Marker
General Thomas Churchill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
10. General Thomas Churchill Marker
General Thomas Churchill Bust image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 31, 2012
11. General Thomas Churchill Bust
This bust resides in the Battle of Richmond Visitor Center up the road Coordinates: 37.684529, -84.258026
Walking Path to the Churchill Wayside Exhibit image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, October 7, 2011
12. Walking Path to the Churchill Wayside Exhibit
This view shows the walking path to the exhibit. The Pleasant View house can be seen among the trees at the right of the photo.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 549 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.   9, 10, 11. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   12. submitted on , by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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