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

Garfield at Piketon

James A. Garfield and the 18th Brigage

Garfield at Piketon Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, July 23, 2020
1. Garfield at Piketon Marker
Inscription.  In December 1861, Col. James A. Garfield, 42nd Ohio Infantry, was selected by General Don Carlos Buell to take a force tot he Big Sandy Valley of Kentucky to clean the region of the Rebels. The previous month, Union General William “Bull” Nelson had routed the Confederates at the Battle of Ivy Narrows and Piketon, leading Nelson to designate Piketon “Camp Hopeless Chase.” as the Rebels did not stand and fight but chose to hit and run before retreating to Virginia. Recently, however, 3,500 men under Col. Humphrey Marshall had reentered the region.

After Garfield’s improbably victory at Middle Creek on January 10, 1852, he made preparations to move to Piketon (now Pikeville). On January 24, a scout of 110 troopers was sent to Piketon. Their arrival was a surprise and Pike County Clerk, Dr. John Emmert, was killed in the melee. Emmert’s friend and fellow Rebel sympathizer Judge Willam Cecil, was arrested. As he was being led down the town’s only street, Cecil was shot dead by Thomas Jefferson Sowards, who had been in the town’s jail as a political prisoner after fighting with Thomas C. Cecil, the judge’s son, on
Three Historical Markers in Pikeville City Park image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 20, 2019
2. Three Historical Markers in Pikeville City Park
This marker is the interpretive panel in the foreground.
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the court house square.

In March 1862 there were 3,500 Union troops encamped around Piketon, consisting of the 42nd Ohio, 40th Ohio, 22nd Kentucky, 16th Kentucky and McGlothin’s squadron of cavalry with the 14th Kentucky at Paintsville.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #20 James A. Garfield series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 10, 1852.
Location. Marker is unreadable. 37° 28.647′ N, 82° 31.114′ W. Marker is in Pikeville, Kentucky, in Pike County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Huffman Avenue and Main Street, on the right when traveling east. Located in Pikeville City Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pikeville KY 41501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Educator, Soldier, Congressman, President (here, next to this marker); James A. Garfield (here, next to this marker); To the Memory of the Revolutionary Soldiers (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pikeville College (about 700 feet away); “Spirit of the American Doughboy” (about 700 feet away); County Named, 1821 (about 800 feet away); Pike Co. Courthouse and Jail (about 800 feet away); Dils Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pikeville.
More about this marker. Dirt has collected on the tree sap convering this interpretive panel. A good cleaning would make it readable again.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 5, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 67 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 13, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio.   2. submitted on March 5, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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