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Newport in Campbell County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Fort Thomas

 
 
Fort Thomas Marker (first panel) image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 30, 2021
1. Fort Thomas Marker (first panel)
Inscription.  General Philip Sheridan arrived in 1887 to find a new site for the military installation housed at the Newport Barracks. Record-setting floods in 1883 and 1884 had finally forced the decision to relocate to higher ground.

Northern Kentuckians wined and dined Sheridan and then showed him the "highlands" of Campbell County. Standing on a hill that is today's Fort Thomas, Sheridan declared this new site destined to become the "West Point of the West."

Fort Thomas served as an active Army installation from 1897 to 1941. After World War II it briefly housed a hospital for wounded Air Force veterans. Today's Veterans Administration hospital stands on the site.

Captions:
• General George Henry Thomas (c. 1865). The new post was named in honor of Civil War hero General George Thomas. His bravery in holding the center of the Union line just southeast of Chattanooga won him the nickname "The Rock of Chickamauga". Photo courtesy of the Fort Thomas Heritage League
• The 6th Infantry parades in full dress uniform before the Fort Thomas mess hall and barracks (c. 1897). Photo courtesy
Fort Thomas Marker (second panel, partial) image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 30, 2021
2. Fort Thomas Marker (second panel, partial)
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of the Fort Thomas Heritage League

• In 1898 the 6th Infantry left Fort Thomas for service in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Twenty-eight officers and men were killed. In the early 20th century the 7th Infantry left Fort Thomas for posts in America's new far-flung "empire" — Hawaii, the Philippines and Panama.
• The 6th Infantry arrives at the headquarters building to receive colors (c. 1897) Photo courtesy of the Fort Thomas Heritage League
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesScience & MedicineWar, Spanish-American. A significant historical year for this entry is 1887.
 
Location. 39° 5.542′ N, 84° 30.147′ W. Marker is in Newport, Kentucky, in Campbell County. Marker can be reached from Riverboat Row, on the right when traveling south. Marker is on the retaining wall surrounding the Taylor Park overlook. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Riverboat Row, Newport KY 41071, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Defending the Valley (here, next to this marker); The Civil War in Northern Kentucky (here, next to this marker); Flood Walls (here, next to this marker); Cincinnati Skyline Pre-1865 (here, next to this marker); A New Perspective: 1865-1900 (here, next to this marker);
Fort Thomas Marker (second panel, partial) image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 30, 2021
3. Fort Thomas Marker (second panel, partial)
Skyscrapers and a Stadium: 1900-1972 (a few steps from this marker); Floods and Flood Walls (a few steps from this marker); Licking River (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport.
 
Fort Thomas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 30, 2021
4. Fort Thomas Marker
Marker panels are right of center.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 6, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 6, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   4. submitted on June 11, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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