Near Crestwood in Oldham County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Richard James Oglesby
A close friend and supporter of Abraham Lincoln, he is credited with introducing the "rail-splitter" image into Lincoln's 1860 presidential campaign and was at Lincoln's bedside when he died. Oglesby was a brigadier general in the Civil War and a three-time governor of Illinois. He died in Elkhart, Ill. on April 24, 1899.
Erected 2015 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2470.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • War, Mexican-American • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Kentucky Historical Society series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is July 25, 1824.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7700 Highway 329, Crestwood KY 40014, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. History of the Maples Park (approx. 2.7 miles away); Farming Community Around The Maples Park (approx. 2.7 miles away); Annie Fellows Johnston (approx. 3.2 miles away); CSA Cemetery (approx. 3.2 miles away); Pewee Valley (approx. 3.4 miles away); Confederate Home Cemetery (approx. 4 miles away); Wolf Pen Corridor / Wolf Pen Preservation Association, Inc. (approx. 4.6 miles away); David Wark Griffith (approx. 4.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crestwood.
Also see . . .
1. Richard J. Oglesby (Wikipedia). (Submitted on June 3, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
2. The Legend of Lincoln’s Fence Rail. The backstory of how Abe Lincoln's rail-splitter image came to be. By Owen Edwards in Smithsonian Magazine, February 2011. (Submitted on June 3, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 3, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 3, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.