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

Frank Lane Wolford

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By Tom Bosse, October 13, 2016
1. Frank Lane Wolford Marker
Frank Lane Wolford (1817 - 1895). Adair County native, organized 1st Kentucky Cavalry (US) in 1861. His men knew little about the drill and discipline but had the utmost confidence in Wolford and he in them. The soldiers supplied their own horses and tack. Those unable to were docked a portion of pay until their obligations were met. Wolford told his men that a true soldier could not be a thief or marauder. He believed private property of friend and foe should be protected.

The "Wild Riders" as the 1st was known fought at the Battles of Wildcat Mountain, Mill Springs and Perryville, but mostly they guarded Kentucky, protecting railroads, bridges and supply depots. Confederate cavalry, including General John Hunt Morgan and his raiders, kept the Union forces in Kentucky constantly on guard and in pursuit.

Morgan's great raid was delayed July 4, 1863, at the Battle of Tebbs Bend, after which Union General Ambrose E. Burnside issued orders for Generals Henry Hobson, James Shackelford, and Col. Wolford to pursue Morgan and his command of 2,500 men. It took 24 days of hard riding, through Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio with
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By Tom Bosse, October 13, 2016
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few pauses and little to eat or drink to finally capture Morgan and his few remaining men near Steubenville, Ohio. After Morgan's capture, Shackelford berated him harshly, but Wolford intervened and stopped the abusive language. Appreciative, Morgan gave Wolford his silver spurs and Wolford treated Morgan to a chicken dinner at a nearby hotel. Later, Morgan and some of his men were taken to the Ohio State Penitentiary.

In 1864 Wolford was presented a sword as a token of appreciation for his distinguished service. He used this chance to denounce Lincoln for the policy of enlisting African American soldiers. As a result, Wolford was dishonorably discharged. Lincoln offered to restore Wolford to his command if he would publicly tone down hostile parts of his speech. Wolford refused, and bid the 1st Kentucky farewell.

Grueling and Heroic Work
Besides guarding supply lines and fighting, troops of the 1st Kentucky farmed and stored food. They also drove livestock to Union encampments. One of their most daring deeds was rescuing Wolford when he was shot eight times and captured by Morgan.

Frank Lane Wolford
Wolford was considered one of the best criminal lawyers in the Green River region. He fought in the Mexican War and served in the Kentucky House: 1847 - 1849; 1865 - 1867. From 1867 - 1871 he was Adjutant General. He
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By Tom Bosse
3. Col. Frank Lane Wolford
was in the U.S. Congress from 1883 - 1887. He is buried in the Columbia Cemetery.
Erected by Kentucky Heartland Civil War Trails Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Kentucky series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 4, 1863.
Location. 37° 6.241′ N, 85° 18.268′ W. Marker is in Columbia, Kentucky, in Adair County. Marker is at the intersection of Campbellsville Street (Kentucky Route 55) and Lindsey Wilson Street, on the left when traveling north on Campbellsville Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 207 Campbellsville Street, Columbia KY 42728, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Col. Frank L. Wolford (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Adair County Courthouse (about 700 feet away); Jane Lampton Home (about 700 feet away); Adair County Revolutionary War Memorial (about 700 feet away); Confederate Raids (about 700 feet away); Daniel Trabue (1760-1840) (approx. ¼ mile away); Columbia-Union Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Male and Female High School Site / Student Parking in the 1850s (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
Col. Frank Lane Wolford Grave in Columbia City Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bradley Owen, October 14, 2019
4. Col. Frank Lane Wolford Grave in Columbia City Cemetery
First Kentucky Cavalry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, October 13, 2016
5. First Kentucky Cavalry Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 18, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 379 times since then and 43 times this year. Last updated on April 9, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 18, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.   4. submitted on January 27, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.   5. submitted on October 18, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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