“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Union County Kentucky Historical Markers

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By Mark Hilton, September 13, 2018
Richards Home Site Marker
Kentucky (Union County), Boxville — 842 — Richards Home Site
Lewis Richards, born Va., 1754. Sergeant with Gen. George R. Clark when he built first blockhouse at site of present Cincinnati. Went on, in attempt to save Kentuckians captured by English and Indians, 1779. Unable to overtake them, destroyed the . . . — Map (db m123570) HM
Kentucky (Union County), Caseyville — 187 — Civil War Action
Every inhabitant of this pro-southern town was taken prisoner by the crew of a Union gunboat, July 26. 1862. All were released except 19 men who were taken to Evansville. Ind., as hostages to guarantee payment of $35,000 damages done by Rebel . . . — Map (db m123290) HM
Kentucky (Union County), Morganfield — 1762 — Baseball Great
Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) began his professional baseball career while a lieutenant at Camp Breckinridge, 1944. The next year Branch Rickey, Brooklyn Dodgers general manager, signed the four-sport letterman from UCLA for Montreal Royals, top . . . — Map (db m123565) HM
Kentucky (Union County), Morganfield — 1424 — Camp Breckinridge
Army post built in 1942, on 36,000 acres, at a cost of $39,000,000. Named for John C. Breckinridge, US Vice President, 1856-60, and Confederate Secretary of War, 1865. Created as infantry training center for up to 40,000 men. Used during WWII, . . . — Map (db m123566) HM
Kentucky (Union County), Morganfield — 1844 — Earle C. Clements — (1896-1985) —
This Union Countian became governor following service in WW I, then as sheriff, county clerk and judge, state senator. As governor, 1947-1950, Clements spurred massive industrialization effort as well as road and state parks development. Resigned to . . . — Map (db m123606) HM
Kentucky (Union County), Morganfield — 612 — Forrest Reconnoitered
CSA Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, on reconnaissance and foraging mission toward the Ohio River Nov. 24 to Dec. 5, 1861, passed here with 300 cavalry on way to Caseyville. There he found large supply of hogs and took some along. After he left, USA . . . — Map (db m123601) HM
Kentucky (Union County), Morganfield — 1787 — George Huston
A Harvard graduate and lawyer who specialized in land litigations, George Huston helped found city's first bank in 1869. He owned and enlarged this antebellum house from the early brick section where Dr. Brady, Huston's father-in-law, lived. At . . . — Map (db m123605) HM
Kentucky (Union County), Morganfield — 1329 — Lincoln Spoke Here
Abraham Lincoln's only political speech in his native state, here, 1840, at age 31. An elector from Illinois, he campaigned for Whig presidential candidate William Henry Harrison. From Shawneetown, across river, Lincoln led parade. Young ladies rode . . . — Map (db m123604) HM
Kentucky (Union County), Morganfield — 1588 — Nally Spa
Four miles south of here stood the old Chalybeate Springs Resort Hotel featuring Sulphur Water Springs and a fresh water spring on its grounds from 1850 to 1890. The fresh water spring was renamed "Nally Spa" in 1975 to honor Union countian James P. . . . — Map (db m123568) HM
Kentucky (Union County), Morganfield — 1250 — Union County, 1811
The 55th Kentucky county created, it was formed entirely out of Henderson County. "It was possibly so named because of the unanimity of its citizens for division of the old county." Morganfield made county seat. Named for Gen. Daniel Morgan, who . . . — Map (db m123603) HM
Kentucky (Union County), Sturgis — 663 — Bell Mines
John Bell, 1797-1869, of Tenn. owned mines two miles south of here. In 1860 he was nominated as candidate for President by the Constitutional Union Party. He campaigned to preserve the Union and carried Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia against . . . — Map (db m123796) HM
Kentucky (Union County), Sturgis — 1092 — The Robert E. Lee Won with Sturgis Coal
Nearby coal fields supplied fuel to power steamboat Robert E. Lee in race against the Natchez, 1870. Greatest race in river history began in New Orleans and ended at St. Louis. Robert E. Lee won the championship of Mississippi . . . — Map (db m123799) HM
Kentucky (Union County), Sturgis — 211 — U. S. Treasurer
Samuel Casey, 1788-1859, Treasurer of the United States, 1853-59, under Presidents Pierce and Buchanan. He resided 1811-1859 in Caseyville, three miles west. Elected clerk of Circuit and County Courts; later, 1830-32, member of the State Senate. — Map (db m123922) HM

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