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Louisville Wharf During The Civil War Years

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, May 18, 2017
1. Louisville Wharf During The Civil War Years Marker
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Louisville Wharf During the Civil War Years
Evolving from the primitive landing of Louisville’s earliest days, the wharf had become a cobblestoned center of city life by the mid-1820s. By the 1850's, as many as 20 steamboats a day arrived and departed here. It was never more active than during the Civil War years:

★1862 · Panic-stricken Louisvillians gathered here to board vessels bound for Indiana to escape Confederate General Braxton Bragg’s threatened attack on the city — an attack that never came.

★1865 · An enormous crowd gathered when infamous Confederate guerrilla fighter Marcellus Jerome Clark (alias Sue Mundy) was brought to Louisville to be publicly hanged on Broadway near 17th Street.

★1865 · Amid much fanfare the victorious Union General William Tecumseh Sherman landed to participate in 4th of July civic celebrations. He also witnessed a balloon ascension.

★1865 · Although Kentucky slaves were not freed until the end of this year by the Thirteenth Amendment to U.S. Constitution, at the wars end in April thousands flocked to Louisville. Alarmed city authorities asked Kentucky Military District general. John M. Palmer to return them to their masters. Instead he issued passes permitting them to leave Kentucky. During the summer at least 6,000
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By Michael Herrick, May 18, 2017
2. Louisville Wharf During The Civil War Years Marker
African Americans took the ferry from the wharf to Indiana and freedom.
 
Location. 38° 15.547′ N, 85° 45.381′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West River Road and North 4th Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located next to the “Spirit of Jefferson,” docked at the Louisville Riverwalk, next to the Belle of Louisville. Marker is in this post office area: Louisville KY 40202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Clark (1770-1838) / Lewis And Clark In Kentucky Louisville (a few steps from this marker); Irene Dunne (1898-1990) (a few steps from this marker); Lewis and Clark in Kentucky / York (a few steps from this marker); Belle of Louisville (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Captain John F. Gilooly (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Belle of Louisville (about 300 feet away); Visitors at Louisville Wharf / Louisville’s Steamboat Era (about 300 feet away); Mayor Andrew Broaddus (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
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By Michael Herrick, May 18, 2017
3. Louisville Wharf During The Civil War Years Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 12, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 81 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 12, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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