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Bowling Green in Warren County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Defending the L&N Railroad

 
 
Defending the L&N Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Chad Comer, January 11, 2011
1. Defending the L&N Railroad Marker
Inscription. Building a Defence Stockade for the L&N Trestle on the Big Barren River

Railroad tracks, trestles and tunnels were frequent targets of Confederate cavalry raids and infantry attacks. During his "lightening raids" into Kentucky, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his "Raiders" destroyed bridges, tunnels, and railroad trestles disrupting Union Army operations throughout the Commonwealth.

Before evacuating Bowling Green in mid-February 1861, the Confederate Army destroyed the L&N train trestle. To prevent that kind of destruction from happening again, the Union Army constructed a defensive stockade to protect this railroad crossing.

(Lower Left Caption):
This lithograph, published in Harper's Weekly magazine on March 15, 1862, shows the remains of the bridges and the L&N trestle on the Big Barren River. It was destroyed by the Confederates in mid-February 1862 to slow the Union advance on Bowling Green from the north.

(Upper Right):
The Stockade
Detail from the 1863 Union Army Corps of Engineers map of the Civil War defenses of Bowling Green showing the location of the stockade built to defend the L&N Railroad trestle over the Barren River.

(Lower Right):
Railroad Defenses
These photographs show examples of defenses built on or near bridges and train
Defending the L&N Railroad Marker & bridge image. Click for full size.
By Chad Comer, January 11, 2011
2. Defending the L&N Railroad Marker & bridge
trestles. These stockades too on many different architectural designs. The one located here was not attached to the trestle but was located nearby, on this side of the Barren River.
 
Location. 37° 0.114′ N, 86° 25.919′ W. Marker is in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in Warren County. Marker is on Riverview Drive (U.S. 31W), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bowling Green KY 42101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Civil War in Bowling Green (within shouting distance of this marker); The Limestone Bluffs (within shouting distance of this marker); The Barren River (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bowling Green & Warren County (about 300 feet away); The Bridge (about 400 feet away); Shake Rag (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ora Porter (approx. mile away); Ernest Hogan (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowling Green.
 
Additional keywords. Louisville & Nashville
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 12, 2011, by Chad Comer of Gamaliel, Kentucky. This page has been viewed 710 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 12, 2011, by Chad Comer of Gamaliel, Kentucky. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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