Scottsville in Allen County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
An Army Restored
Camps of Soldiers Surrounded Scottsville
Tents housing almost 5,000 soldiers—ten times the population of Scottsville in 1862—covered the hillsides around town. Imagine what it looked like. Imagine the sounds of men drilling, horses stamping and neighing, bugles blaring, orders being shouted, and the booming of cannon every morning at five o’clock!
The Men Drilled, Prepared for Battle, and Relaxed
For four hours each day the soldiers drilled, marched and practiced battle skills. One veteran officer organized a school of instruction, teaching new officers tactics, squad and battalion drill.
When off-duty, soldiers read books, enjoyed card games or played harmonicas. Many wrote letters describing the camp and how they spent their day. On Sunday, they attended religious services in camp.
The townsfolk came to gawk and to trade with the boys in blue. The soldiers bought fresh vegetables, fruit and pies to supplement their army rations. Some hired local women to cook, do laundry and mend clothes.
Marching into Tennessee and into Battle
“We were crossing the state line, and cheer after cheer echoed through the valley as different regiments shook the dust of Kentucky off their feet.”
Scenes from Union encampments
“We have come nearer living like we used to at home today than ever before.” Lieutenant Thomas E. Smith, 79th Ohio
A Union encampment in Virginia
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is November 26, 1862.
Location. 36° 45.546′ N, 86° 11.869′ W. Marker is in Scottsville, Kentucky, in Allen County. Marker can be reached from North Bedelia Street (Kentucky Route 1386) 0.1 miles west of Dumont Hill Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker located on Dumont Hill at Dugas Community Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 336 North Bedelia St, Scottsville KY 42164, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this markerAn Army in Crisis (here, next to this marker); Ebenezer Dumont (within shouting distance of this marker); Lilly’s Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); A City of Tents (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Scottsville, 1862 (about 500 feet away); Union Regiments at Scottsville (about 600 feet away); The Army’s Shopkeeper (approx. 0.2 miles away); County Named, 1815 (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scottsville.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 13, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.