“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Nancy in Pulaski County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

“A Hard March”

A Hard March Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, September 17, 1999
1. A Hard March Marker
Inscription. On December 31, 1861, Union General George Thomas and his small army of about 3,000 men left Lebanon, Kentucky, and headed for this place, then known as Logan`s Crossroads. For his hardened troops, this 40-mile trek should have been a two or three day undertaking. But heavy winter rains turned roads into ankle-deep mud. The men--wet, cold and on half rations for part of the trip, suffered for two and a half weeks to cover the distance.

Arriving here on January 17, General Thomas intended to rest his weary troops then link up with Union General Albin Schopf`s forces (8 miles east at Somerset) and attack the Confederate camp (nine miles south at Beech Grove). It didn't turn out as planned!

During the battle, General Thomas rode to the hilltop where you are now standing (shown on the bottom left of the above map with three log houses) on the outskirts of the Union camp. It was from this vantage point that he commanded the victorious Union forces. At the time of the battle, Logan`s Crossroads (now Nancy) consisted of a few rustic buildings, mostly log, a few small fields and large areas of woods. After the battle, the Union dead were collected from the battlefield and buried in their camps. In 1867, the Mill Springs National Cemetery was created. The bodies of the Union dead were disintered and were among the first
Mill Springs Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, September 17, 1999
2. Mill Springs Battlefield
viewed from the Mill Springs National Cemetery
to be buried in this hallowed place
Erected by Mill Springs Battlefield Park.
Location. Marker has been confirmed missing. It was likely located near 37° 4.1′ N, 84° 44.227′ W. Marker was in Nancy, Kentucky, in Pulaski County. Marker could be reached from Bobtown Road (State Road 80) mile east of State Route 235, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. The sign is located inside the Mill Springs National Cemetery beside a stone wall adjoining Route 80. The Cemetery entrance is just west of the Mill Springs Battlefield Museum. Both the museum and the cemetery are on the north side of Route 80. Marker was at or near this postal address: 9044 Bobtown Road, Nancy KY 42544, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A National Cemetery System (within shouting distance of this marker); Mill Springs National Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named A Hard March (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Defense Line (about 400 feet away); Balie Peyton, Jr. (1833-1862) (approx. 0.8 miles away); "Battle on a Sabbath Morn"
"A Hard March" Marker location image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, April 26, 2012
3. "A Hard March" Marker location
The marker previously stood along this wall.
(approx. 0.8 miles away); The Union Line at the Fence (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fix Bayonets - Charge! (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Nancy.
More about this marker. The sign looks out toward the main field of the Battle of Mill Springs. The museum/visitor center and cemetery are designated as Tour Stop 1 of 9 in the Mill Springs Battlefield Driving Tour Guide.
Also see . . .  Mill Springs Battlefield Association. (Submitted on June 26, 2011, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia.)
Additional comments.
1. Replacement Marker
This marker has been replaced by the identically titled marker A Hard March located in front of the entrance to the Mill Springs Battlefield Visitor Center & Museum.
    — Submitted September 10, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.

Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page has been viewed 475 times since then and 23 times this year. Last updated on , by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia.   3. submitted on , by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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