Burkesville in Cumberland County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Confederate Crossings at Neeley's Ferry
The Great Raid
July 1-2, 1863
The 1st Brigade, numbering 1,450 cavalrymen under Col. Basil Duke, crossed the Cumberland River here at Neeley's Ferry, and at Burkesville, Scott's Ferry, Amandaville, and Bakerton. Col. Adam R. Johnson commanded the regiments of the 2nd Brigade, numbering 1,000. For the most part, Johnson's Brigade crossed the Cumberland at McMillan's Ferry. Salt Lick Bend, and other points west of here.
Due to heavy rains the river was out of its banks. In some places it was over one-half mile wide. Crossing the swollen river took Duke's men the better part of two days Curtis Burke, a member of Quirk's Scouts, described the scene at Neeley's Ferry in his diary:
"We had to make our horses swim as we did at Oby's river. We had to take our horses some distance above the regular entrance to the river, so that the swift current would not wash the horses too far below the landing on the other side.
We would unsaddle our horses, lead
The Cumberland River ferries operated in the first half of the 20th century. Now, only McMillan's Ferry, which crosses the river at Turkey Neck Bend in Monroe County, remains in operation. It can be reached by traveling SR 100 to SR 214 between Burkesville and Tompkinsville.
Erected by Kentucky Heartland Civil War Trails Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels. 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 1, 1863.
Location. 36° 44.817′ N, 85° 22.333′ W. Marker is in Burkesville, Kentucky, in Cumberland County. Marker is on Celina Road (Kentucky Route 61) 0.4 miles north of Cold Springs Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located at the boat ramp at Traces on the Cumberland Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2687 Celina Road, Burkesville KY 42717, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Burkesville Ferry (approx. 2.7 miles away); Lincoln's Father Here (approx. 3 miles away); Raiders Entered Here (approx. 3 miles away); Morgan On To Ohio (approx. 3 miles away); Smith Pharmacy (approx. 3 miles away); Cumberland County (approx. 3 miles away); Skirmish at Norris Branch (approx. 4½ miles away); Civil War Camp at Marrowbone (approx. 10 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burkesville.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 18, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 429 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 18, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.