West Point in Hardin County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
During the Civil War, Louisville was an important supply depot for the Union army. The Louisville & Nashville Railroad (L&N), which ran east of West Point, was vulnerable to Confederate attacks. Needing to protect supplies at Louisville and the Union line of supply via the L&N Turnpike, in late 1861, Gen. W. T. Sherman built fortifications on the hill above West Point. Over.
In Nov. 1861, the 9th Michigan Inf., led by Col. W. W. Duffield, built Fort Duffield, a 1,000 foot long earthen wall with 10 angles of fire. A number of men who died from disease or accident were buried on the hill south of the fort. In Feb. 1862, the 9th Mich. built a bridge across Salt River that became an important transportation route for Union operations in the area.
Erected 2016 by Kentucky Historical Society & Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2449.)
Location. 37° 59.973′ N, 85° 56.674′ W. Marker is in West Point, Kentucky, in Hardin County. Marker is at the intersection Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Point KY 40177, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Great Raid and West Point (here, next to this marker); Camp Knox (here, next to this marker); Pioneer Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Founding of West Point/ James Young (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sears and Roebuck (about 400 feet away); James Young House (about 400 feet away); West Point (about 500 feet away); Young's Inn (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Point.
Also see . . . Fort Duffield. (Submitted on August 18, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Forts, Castles • War, US Civil •
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 106 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 18, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.