Russellville in Logan County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
A Civil War Skirmish/ A Future President
On September 30, 1862, 600 Union troops led by Colonel Benjamin Harrison came here and surprised an element of Confederate Colonel John Hunt Morganís cavalry, led by Captain John Baker Dortch. After a sharp skirmish, in which thirty-five Confederates were reportedly killed and wounded, Morganís troops retreated. ††††Over.
Harrison, whose troops were victorious in the skirmish here, was a twenty-nine-year-old Indiana attorney. The Russellville fight was his first engagement; his military career continued throughout the Civil War, including service under Gen. W. T. Sherman in the Atlanta Campaign. In 1889, he became the 23rd president of the United States.
Erected 2015 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2471.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 36° 51.218′ N, 86° 53.478′ W. Marker is in Russellville, Kentucky, in Logan County. Marker can be reached from Armory Drive 0.1 miles west of Frances Drive. Touch for map. Located near the parking lot of the library.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Russellville (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lewis and Clark in Kentucky / Death of Meriwether Lewis (approx. 0.6 miles away); To Honor Generals (approx. 0.6 miles away); Bowie, A Kentuckian (approx. 0.6 miles away); Governors from Logan (approx. 0.6 miles away); County Named, 1792 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Confederate State Convention (approx. 0.6 miles away); Logan County Jail, 1874-1977 (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Russellville.
Also see . . . Benjamin Harrison: Life before the Presidency. (Submitted on September 17, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Notable Persons • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 17, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 17, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.