Paducah in McCracken County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Large numbers of troops and supplies passed through Paducah on their way to campaigns in the lower South. Union headquarters was located here, a more convenient location than Fort Anderson for those with business to conduct with the city's commander.
A number of officers, some of whom went on to distinguish themselves in the War, served in Paducah or as commanders of the District of Paducah. Most notably, William Tecumseh Sherman was in command of the District of Paducah from February to March 1862. One of the longest serving was Col. Stephen G. Hicks. Hicks was district commander during the Battle of Paducah. Following the battle Hicks ordered a large number of buildings in the vicinity of Fort Anderson torn down because they had been used by Confederate to fire into the fort. This action was seen as excessive by local residents who were reminded of the abuses of the civil liberties by one of Hick's predecessors, General E.A. Paine.
At the beginning of the War Hicks was among the leading citizens of Salem, Illinois. He joined the Union Army in July 1861 at Clear Lake, Illinois. Hicks had served as a Lt. Colonel in the Mexican War and served
Erected by The Paducah-McCraken County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Location. 37° 5.165′ N, 88° 35.968′ W. Marker is in Paducah, Kentucky, in McCracken County. Marker is on Broadway Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Broadway Street, Paducah KY 42001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Barkley's Law Office (here, next to this marker); 8th U.S. Heavy Artillery (Colored) (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); American Red Cross (about 400 feet away); "Duke of Paducah" (about 600 feet away); Tilghman Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Broadway Methodist (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tilghman House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Proudly Dedicated to the Kentuckians (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paducah.
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