Near Prestonsburg in Floyd County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Kentucky Blue Blood versus Ohio Self-Made Man
A native of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Garfield was a self-educated citizen-soldier and a self-made man. Born in poverty on his father's thirty-acre farm, he graduated from Williams College in 1856 and pursued a teaching career, becoming Professor of Latin and Green at Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio. An ardent abolitionist, he was elected to the Ohio Senate on the Republican ticket in 1859. When the war came, Governor Dennison gave him a colonel's commission and asked him to raise a regiment of volunteers.
In December 1861, Union General Don Carlos Buell ordered Garfield to transport his regiment, the 42nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, to the new Union base at Catlettsburg, where he had begun stockpiling military supplies. Reporting to Buell in Louisville, Garfield was placed in charge of the newly formed 18th Brigade and given the job of driving Marshall's Confederates
Following his victory at Middle Creek, which was widely reported in the eastern press, Garfield was promoted to brigadier general. Establishing his headquarters at Pikeville, he and his soldiers occupied the valley until early April 1862. On March 14, marching through deep snow, he led an expedition to Pound Gap on the Kentucky-Virginia State Line, and broke up the Confederate outpost at that location, driving 300 rebel soldiers down the mountain and back into Virginia.
Marshall was the proud representative of one of Kentucky's most distinguished families. His grandfather was Humphrey Marshall, the historian and statesman, and his father was John J. Marshall of Frankfort, respected lawyer and jurist. After graduating from West Point in 1832, Marshall served with the U.S. mounted Rangers during the Black Hawk War, and then left the service to establish a successful law practice in Louisville. In the Mexican War he served as colonel of the First Kentucky Cavalry and won distinction by leading a gallant cavalry charge during the Battle of Buena Vista.
Returning to civilian life, Marshall ran for Congress and was elected Representative of the Louisville district in 1849. He served as President Fillmore's commissioner to Chine in 1852, and after his return was elected to the 34th and 35th Congresses on the American ticket.
Location. 37° 39.042′ N, 82° 48.819′ W. Marker is near Prestonsburg, Kentucky, in Floyd County. Marker can be reached from Kentucky Route 114 0.1 miles east of Kentucky Route 404, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Middle Creek National Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Prestonsburg KY 41653, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Why They Fought Here (here, next to this marker); The Middle Creek National Battlefield Foundation (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Middle Creek (here, next to this marker); Kentuckian versus Kentuckian (II) (here, next to this marker); Kentuckian versus Kentuckian (I) (here, next to this marker); Eastern Kentucky's Civil War Battles and Skirmishes, 1861-1862 (here, next to this marker); Eastern Kentucky's Civil War Battles and Skirmishes, 1863-1864 (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Middle Creek / The Fitzpatrick Farm (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prestonsburg.
More about this marker. Marker is one of eight interpretive signs at the site.
Also see . . . Middle Creek National Battlefield. Official website of the Middle Creek National Battlefield Foundation. (Submitted on October 8, 2013.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 292 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 8, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.