Versailles in Woodford County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Woodford County's Civil War Generals
Brig. Gen. Abraham Buford 1820-1874 Confederate cavalryman; cousin of John and N. B. Buford. Graduate West Point, 1841; frontier service Kan. and Ind. Terr., 1842-46; brev. capt. Mexican War; raised, equipped a Ky. Brig. for CSA, commissioned brig. gen., 1862. Covered Bragg's retreat from Ky.; in Vicksburg campaign; twice raided Western Ky. and Paducah, capturing horses and vast supplies, spring 1864; led brigade in CSA victory, Brice's Cross Roads, Miss., June 1864; covered Hood's retreat after defeat at Nashville Dec. 1864; defeated at Selma, Ala., March 1865. He lived at Bosque Bonita in Woodford Co., owning famous race horses Nellie Gray, Inquirer, Crossland, and Versailles.
Maj. Gen. Napoleon B. Buford 1807-1883 Union soldier, graduate West Point 1827. Artillery school, 1827-28; professor philosophy, West Point, 1834-35; engineer Licking River improvement, 1835-42; businessman, banker, Rock Island, Ill., colonel Ill. Reg., 1861; brig. gen. 1862; commander District of East Arkansas; breveted maj. gen. 1865; U.S. Commission to inspect Union Pacific R.R., 1867-69.
Major Gen. John Buford 1826-1863
Maj. Gen. Charles W. Field 1828-1892 Confederate soldier, engineer; West Point, 1849. Frontier service in southwest to 1855, instructor in cavalry tactics West Point to 1861. Colonel 6th Va. Cav. 1861. Brig. gen. infantry 1862. Opened battle at Mechanicsville; fought at Cedar Mt., 2nd Bull Run, in latter seriously wounded. He never fully recovered. 1864, Maj. Gen. in command Hood's Texas div. Bore heavy part in battles at Cold Harbor and Petersburg. His division half of Lee's army and only effective fighting unit intact left to surrender at Appomattox.
Brig. Gen. James S. Jackson 1823-1862 Union soldier, lawyer, Congressman, veteran Mexican War. Authorized by Lincoln, he recruited 3rd Ky. Cav. in fall 1861. For a time commanded Buell's entire cav. Commissioned brig. gen., assigned to command 10th Div. of Buell's army, July 1862.
Maj. Gen. Eli Long 1837-1903 Union soldier, graduated from Kentucky Military Institute, 1855. Frontier service against Indians until 1861. Organized 4th Ohio Cavalry as colonel, 1862. Commissioned brig. gen. and commanded brigade during Atlanta campaign, 1864. He led an assault at Selma, Alabama, March 1865, where his bravery inspired the troops in Union's greatest cavalry victory and for which he was breveted maj. gen. He was five times wounded and five times cited for gallantry. After the war he lived at Plainfield, New Jersey, and is buried there in Hillsdale Cemetery.
Erected 1964 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 649.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
Location. 38° 2.986′ N, 84° 43.841′ W. Marker is in Versailles, Kentucky, in Woodford County. Marker Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 275 South Main Street, Versailles KY 40383, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Randall Lee Gibson / Jerome Bonaparte Robertson (here, next to this marker); Woodford County, 1789 / County Named (here, next to this marker); Big Spring Church (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sen. Joseph C. S. Blackburn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Watkins Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away); Woodford County Courthouses (approx. 0.2 miles away); Josephine Henry (approx. ¼ mile away); Freemasonry in Versailles (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Versailles.
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