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Near Hazel Patch in Laurel County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Camp Wildcat

Site of Civil War Battle

 

—October 21, 1861 —

 
Camp Wildcat Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 4, 2010
1. Camp Wildcat Marker
Inscription. In memory of those who fought here. This monument is dedicated on October 17, 1992, in Kentucky's Bicentennial year.
 
Erected 1992 by Laurel County Historical Society.
 
Location. 37° 15.921′ N, 84° 12.087′ W. Marker is near Hazel Patch, Kentucky, in Laurel County. Marker is on Old Wilderness Road 3.2 miles north of North Laurel Road (U.S. 25), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is on the Camp Wildcat Battlefield approximately 300 feet from the 'visitor center'. Directions to the battlefield are clearly marked from both Interstate 75 (Exit 49) and US Hwy 25. Marker is in this post office area: East Bernstadt KY 40729, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Battle of Wildcat (here, next to this marker); Infantry Ridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Camp Wildcat (about 500 feet away); Hoosier Knob (about 500 feet away); Camp Wildcat and the Wilderness Road (approx. 0.4 miles away); Skaggs Trace (approx. 1.9 miles away); a different marker also named Camp Wildcat (approx. 2.2 miles away); Congressional Medal of Honor (approx. 2.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
Camp Wildcat Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 4, 2010
2. Camp Wildcat Marker
The adjacent small markers list various military units involved in the battle. The marker on the far left has the words "Sesquicentennial 1792-1942', but has been broken off above that. I do not know what this marker represents.
 Camp Wildcat Preservation Foundation. This is the main site for the main organization responsible for preserving the site. (Submitted on May 4, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.) 
 
Additional comments.
1.
I have visited Hazel Patch, KY every year since 1950. My aunt and uncle, Betty and Elmer (Boots) Eversole owned the one and only store-post office-home in the "town". I have seen the Civil War tomb stones all my life. My mom was Betty's sister.

If you travel about a half mile NE of the site of the store there is a large rock on the face of a very large hill that has in it a huge formation in which a hospital may have been located. On the walls of this "cave" are many notations from the troops stating their names, military companies, and dates. As kids we loved to visit, read, and imagine who these men were.
David Carroll

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Camp Wildcat Battlefield visitor area image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 4, 2010
3. Camp Wildcat Battlefield visitor area
Restrooms, several descriptive 'roadsides', and a map of the battlefield area/trails are located here. (37.264709 N, 84.200155 W).
 
    — Submitted August 6, 2010, by David carroll of Ocala, Florida.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Union Army units image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 4, 2010
4. Union Army units
Confederate Army units image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 4, 2010
5. Confederate Army units
'Sesquicentennial' marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 4, 2010
6. 'Sesquicentennial' marker
The Battle of Wildcat Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 4, 2010
7. The Battle of Wildcat Marker
This marker is located to the right of the main marker, and describes the battle.
Camp Wildcat Location image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 4, 2010
8. Camp Wildcat Location
This marker and cannon are located at the site of Camp Wildcat, the Confederate Army encampment for the units involved in the battle. This is approximately 2.5 miles south of the battlefield site.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 4, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,119 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 4, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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