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Cave City in Barren County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

General Joseph H. Lewis

 
 
General Joseph H. Lewis Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 31, 2016
1. General Joseph H. Lewis Marker
Inscription. General Joseph H. Lewis, commander of the famous Orphan Brigade, established, at the outbreak of the Civil War, a recruitment and training camp here in Cave City. Here he formed the Confederate 6th Kentucky Infantry Regiment, for which he received a commission of Colonel in September 1861. His first battle was at Shiloh, where two horses were shot out from under him and another wounded. He subsequently led regiments at Stone’s River, Murfreesboro and the Tullahoma Campaign. As a result of his gallantry and strong leadership Lewis, after the Battle of Chickamauga, was recommended for promotion by General Breckinridge. On September 30, 1863, Lewis was appointed Brigadier General and took command of the first Kentucky Brigade (Orphan Brigade). The famous Orphan Brigade, under Lewis’ command, took part in many other campaigns, including Missionary Ridge and the Atlanta and Carolina campaigns, and was credited with more victories than any other body of men in the entire Confederate Army.

Joseph H. Lewis was born in Glasgow, Kentucky, on October 24, 1824, and was educated at Centre College in Danville. He studied law and was admitted to the bar at age 21. After the war Lewis returned to Glasgow to practice law and continue his interest in politics. Having served Barren County, prior to the war, in the state legislature from 1850-1854,
Civil War Markers / Interpretive Signs at Roy Dickey Reynolds Park image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 31, 2016
2. Civil War Markers / Interpretive Signs at Roy Dickey Reynolds Park
Lewis interpretive sign is at center left
Lewis was again elected to the state legislature in 1869, and then, in 1870, to the United States Congress, where he served until 1873. In 1874 Lewis was elected to the Kentucky Court of Appeals, remaining there for 24 years, serving six years as Chief Justice of the highest court in the state. General Lewis died July 6, 1904. He is buried in Glasgow, Kentucky.

The Lewis monument in the Glasgow Municipal Cemetery
A monument for Joseph Lewis and for his son, jack, who also served in the Orphan Brigade, is located near the Lewis monument. Jack is buried near his father.
 
Location. 37° 8.33′ N, 85° 57.563′ W. Marker is in Cave City, Kentucky, in Barren County. Marker is at the intersection of W. Broadway Street (State Highway 70) and N. 1st Street, on the right when traveling west on W. Broadway Street. Touch for map. Marker is located at the southwest end of Roy Dickey Reynolds Park. Marker is in this post office area: Cave City KY 42127, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Morgan's Cave City Raid (here, next to this marker); Gen. Joseph H. Lewis (here, next to this marker); Cave City Raid (here, next to this marker); Lt. Charles Moran - USAF
View to Southeast Towards Downtown Horse Cave image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 31, 2016
3. View to Southeast Towards Downtown Horse Cave
(approx. 4 miles away); Unknown Confederate Soldier Monument (approx. 4.2 miles away); Sand Cave (approx. 4.7 miles away); Bear Wallow (approx. 5.3 miles away); First Farmers Rural Electric Co-Op Substation (approx. 5.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cave City.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This is another Civil War Discovery Trail interpretive sign on General Joseph H. Lewis, located at Glasgow, Kentucky.
 
Additional comments.
1. Marker Sponsors
The following is written in the lower right corner of the marker: This wayside was erected through the generosity of John Lewis English, Louisville, Kentucky, George Lewis Gildred, San Diego, California, and Philip Louis Gildred, Jr., San Diego, California, descendents of General Joseph H. Lewis.
    — Submitted August 11, 2016.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Civil War Markers / Interpretive Signs at Roy Dickey Reynolds Park image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 31, 2016
4. Civil War Markers / Interpretive Signs at Roy Dickey Reynolds Park
View to west from N. 1st Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 178 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 11, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   2. submitted on August 10, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   3, 4. submitted on August 11, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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