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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Floyd County, Kentucky

 
Clickable Map of Floyd County, Kentucky and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Floyd County, KY (34) Johnson County, KY (8) Knott County, KY (11) Magoffin County, KY (8) Martin County, KY (7) Pike County, KY (45)  FloydCounty(34) Floyd County (34)  JohnsonCounty(8) Johnson County (8)  KnottCounty(11) Knott County (11)  MagoffinCounty(8) Magoffin County (8)  MartinCounty(7) Martin County (7)  PikeCounty(45) Pike County (45)
Prestonsburg is the county seat for Floyd County
Adjacent to Floyd County, Kentucky
      Johnson County (8)  
      Knott County (11)  
      Magoffin County (8)  
      Martin County (7)  
      Pike County (45)  
 
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1Kentucky, Floyd County, David — 151 — Boone Salt Springs
On Kentucky Route 404, on the right when traveling east.
Discovered by Daniel Boone and companions while exploring eastern Kentucky, Winter 1767-68. Later called Young’s Salt Works, these springs provided salt for pioneers and later for Civil War troops.Map (db m145960) HM
2Kentucky, Floyd County, David — Daniel Boone’s Salt Lick
On Kentucky Route 144, on the right when traveling east.
Daniel Boone, in company with William Hill, spent the winter of 1767–68 hunting and exploring on the upper waters of the Big Sandy River. They were forced to make camp near this spot during the severe winter months close to the salt lick which . . . Map (db m145961) HM
3Kentucky, Floyd County, Ivel — Struggle for the Big Sandy Valley
On U.S. 23 at County Road 1032, on the right when traveling east on U.S. 23.
While the debate over Kentucky’s neutrality raged in Frankfort, men of the Big Sandy Region were taking action. For Jack May, Hiram Hawkins, John S. Williams, and others, the choice had already been made. President Lincoln’s call for 75,000 . . . Map (db m87861) HM
4Kentucky, Floyd County, Ivel — The Battle of Ivy Mountain
On U.S. 23 at County Road 1032, on the right when traveling east on U.S. 23.
(Front Side) Here, on Nov. 8, 1861, 300 men from Companies A & C, 5th Kentucky Infantry, C.S.A. and Companies B, C, & D, 1st Battalion Kentucky Mounted Rifles, C.S.A., commanded by Captain Andrew J. May, fought a delaying action against . . . Map (db m87859) HM
5Kentucky, Floyd County, Ivel — The Battle of Ivy MountainNovember 8, 1861
On U.S. 23 at County Road 1032, on the right when traveling east on U.S. 23.
The Battle of Ivy Mountain November 8, 1861 In the Fall of 1861, General William “Bull” Nelson, Union commander in Northeastern Kentucky, was ordered to break up a large Confederate recruiting camp at Prestonsburg. The camp was . . . Map (db m87860) HM
6Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonburg — Civil War Event
On South Lake Drive at West Court Street, on the right when traveling south on South Lake Drive.
The Battle of Middlecreek, Jan. 10, 1862, was the largest Civil War engagement in Eastern Kentucky. Northerner Col. James A. Garfield led his army into the entrenched forces of CSA General Humphrey Marshall. Control of the Pound Gap gateway into . . . Map (db m146051) HM
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7Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonburg — Early Commerce
On South Front Avenue just south of Richmond Plaza, on the right when traveling south.
Frenchman Solomon DeRossett built a log house on this site in 1799. Collected fur pelts for Napoleon Bonaparate’s army. Levisa River served as first conduit for travel and means of importing frontier supplies. During spring rains, huge log rafts . . . Map (db m146053) HM
8Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonburg — Ferguson Town Branch Ferry and Dock
On South Front Avenue (County Route 3384) at West Graham Street, on the right when traveling south on South Front Avenue.
Rubin Ferguson lived here and operated a ferry and boat dock during the late 1800’s. Barrels of meal, flour, corn, coffee, cotton, tools and building materials arrived here from various ports down river. Some of the boats were “The Andy . . . Map (db m146050) HM
9Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonsburg — A Desperate Fight, but Few Casualties
Near State Highway 114, 0.1 miles east of State Highway 404.
Compared to battles fought later in the war, Middle Creek produced very light casualties. Though more than 3,000 participated in the fight, only fifteen men were killed. Union losses at Middle Creek were three killed and eighteen wounded. . . . Map (db m97547) HM
10Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonsburg — 817 — County Named, 1799
On S. Central Avenue at E. Court Street, on the right when traveling south on S. Central Avenue.
For Col. John Floyd. Born Amherst County, Va., 1750. Led party to survey land now Kentucky, 1774. With George Rogers Clark’s Indian expeditions. Back in Va., joined Colonial navy. Captured, taken to England. Escaped. Built Floyd’s Station, 1779 or . . . Map (db m97255) HM
11Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonsburg — Eastern Kentucky's Civil War Battles and Skirmishes, 1861-1862
Near Kentucky Route 114, 0.1 miles east of Kentucky Route 404, on the right when traveling east.
Skirmish at West Liberty, October 23 1861 - Col. L.A. Harris' 2nd Ohio Infantry regiment and a company of Union cavalry, part of Gen. William "Bull" Nelson's command, skirmish with Capt. Jack May's much smaller Morgan Guards, driving them . . . Map (db m69143) HM
12Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonsburg — Eastern Kentucky's Civil War Battles and Skirmishes, 1863-1864
Near Kentucky Route 114, 0.1 miles east of Kentucky Route 404, on the right when traveling east.
Marshall's Raid Through Eastern Kentucky, March-April 1863 - On March 15, 1863, Marshall comes through Pound Gap with 1,800 mounted men, including Col. Henry Giltner's 4th Kentucky, Col. Thomas Johnson's 2nd Kentucky, Col. Ezekiel F. . . . Map (db m69145) HM
13Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonsburg — Floyd County Veterans Memorial
On S. Central Avenue south of E. Court Street, on the left when traveling south.
All Veterans Gave Some These Veterans Gave All World War I Harris Arnett • Grade Burchett • Reuben Calvin Clark • James H. Collins • William M. Cox • Jesse Coyer • Sam Dillon • Bud Endicott • Josh Fife • Tip Gayheart • Edward D. Hall . . . Map (db m97261) WM
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14Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonsburg — Greenville R. Davidson
On S. Central Avenue at E. Court Street, on the right when traveling south on S. Central Avenue.
In Memory of Greenville R. Davidson and Confederate Veterans of Floyd County Who Fought for Our ConfederacyMap (db m97254) WM
15Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonsburg — In Memory of the Lives We Lost on Friday February 28, 1958
On KY-1428, 0.6 miles east of KY-302, on the right when traveling east.
Doris Faye Burchett • James Edison Carey • Glenda May Cisco • Kenneth Forrest Cisco • Paulette Cline • Sandra Faye Cline • Linda Darby • Emogene Darby • James Edward Goble • John Spencer Goble • Anna Laura Goble • Jane Carol Harris • Margaret Louise . . . Map (db m212046) HM
16Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonsburg — John Graham
On N. Front Street at W. Court Street, on the left when traveling north on N. Front Street.
In Memory Of John Graham Revolutionary Soldier Who Rests in Floyd County This Tablet Marks the Site of the First Floyd County Court House Given By HimMap (db m97202) HM
17Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonsburg — Kentuckian versus Kentuckian (I)
Near Kentucky Route 114, 0.1 miles east of Kentucky Route 404, on the right when traveling east.
Born in Bourbon County, Clay was the son of Congressman Brutus J. Clay and the nephew of Cassius M. Clay, Lincoln's Minister to Russia. He saw action at Middle Creek and later served with Wheeler's Cavalry in Tennessee. Wounded and captured during . . . Map (db m69140) HM
18Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonsburg — Kentuckian versus Kentuckian (II)
Near Kentucky Route 114, 0.1 miles east of Kentucky Route 404, on the right when traveling east.
Son of a Frankfort lawyer, Monroe led the charge which decided the battle's outcome. He and his regiment later saw action at Chickasaw Bluffs, Arkansas Post, Champion Hill, Thompson's Hill, and other important battles. In 1864 Monroe assumed command . . . Map (db m69141) HM
19Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonsburg — Kentucky Blue Blood versus Ohio Self-Made Man
Near Kentucky Route 114, 0.1 miles east of Kentucky Route 404, on the right when traveling east.
The Union and Confederate forces were led by two very different men. Humphrey Marshall was a Kentucky blue blood and a representative of one of the state's leading families. James A. Garfield was a self-made man born in a log cabin on his father's . . . Map (db m69138) HM
20Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonsburg — Monroe's Bayonet Charge Wins the Battle
Near State Highway 114, 0.1 miles east of State Highway 404.
The battle’s turning point came when Garfield ordered Lt. Col. George W. Monroe and a detachment of the 22nd Kentucky to charge up the steep ridge opposite Graveyard Point and drive the Confederate sharpshooters back to their main line. Monroe was a . . . Map (db m97546) HM
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21Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonsburg — 623 — Morgan’s Last RaidConfederate Raids and Invasions, and a Federal Retreat, in Kentucky.
On N. Arnold Avenue south of Kentucky Highway 114, on the left when traveling north.
(Side One) Morgan’s Last Raid On tragic last Kentucky raid, Gen. John H. Morgan and Raiders entered state June 1, 1864, took Mt. Sterling June 8, lost it on June 9th, took Lexington on 10th, and Cynthiana on 11th. USA under Gen. . . . Map (db m97225) HM
22Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonsburg — 2117 — Prestonsburg Toll Bridge / Chesapeake & Ohio Railway System
On N. Front Street at W. Court Street, on the left when traveling north on N. Front Street.
(Side One) Prestonsburg Toll Bridge This bridge, known as “Old Red” Bridge,” crossed the Levisa Fork of Big Sandy River. Opened for foot passengers and vehicles on January 6, 1908, it had a span of 430 feet was . . . Map (db m97203) HM
23Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonsburg — 2018 — Samuel May / Samuel May House
Near Porter Lane at Kentucky Highway 321, on the left when traveling west.
(Side One) Samuel May (1783 - 1851) Son of Revolutionary War veteran John May and Sarah Phillips May, Samuel settled in Prestonsburg around 1807. Commissioned to build county’s first brick courthouse in 1818. Elected state . . . Map (db m97260) HM
24Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonsburg — The Battle of Middle CreekJanuary 10, 1862
Near Kentucky Route 114, 0.1 miles east of Kentucky Route 104, on the right when traveling east.
Middle Creek was Eastern Kentucky's largest and most significant Civil War battle. It was fought during the first phase of the war, when it was still doubtful which government would control the region. The Confederates never regained the strategic . . . Map (db m69136) HM
25Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonsburg — 2093 — The Battle of Middle Creek / The Fitzpatrick Farm
Near Kentucky Route 114, 0.1 miles east of Kentucky Route 404.
(Obverse Side) The Battle of Middle Creek At this site, on Jan. 10, 1862, Union troops under Col. James A. Garfield defeated Confederates led by Gen. Humphrey Marshall. Garfield's 1,100 Ohioians and Kentuckians advanced up Middle . . . Map (db m66935) HM
26Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonsburg — The Burns House / A Brief History of the Garfield Place
On N. Arnold Avenue south of Kentucky Highway 114, on the left when traveling north.
(Side One) The Burns House: Garfield’s Headquarters Following the Battle of Middle Creek Built in 1857 by Prestonsburg attorney John M. Burns, the house later known as “The Garfield Place” stood near this spot. . . . Map (db m97224) HM
27Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonsburg — The Confederate Command Post
Near State Highway 114, 0.1 miles east of State Highway 404, on the right when traveling east.
Marshall’s command post at the Forks of Middle Creek provided him with an excellent vantage point from which to view the valley and deal with unforeseen contingencies. The lower valley, extending northeast, was his route of approach. The left fork . . . Map (db m97393) HM
28Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonsburg — The Confederate Waiting Game
Near State Highway 114, 0.1 miles east of State Highway 404, on the right when traveling east.
Pursued by Garfield after his strong defensive position on Hager’s Hill was outflanked, Marshall decided to fall back to Prestonsburg, move up Middle Creek, and lure his adversary into an ambush. After abandoning his fortified position on Hager . . . Map (db m97392) HM
29Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonsburg — The May FarmStaging Area for Humphrey Marshall's Confederates
Near Porter Lane at Kentucky Highway 321, on the left when traveling west.
The 400-acre May Farm, with its steam-powered grist mill, was used as a recruiting post and staging area by the region’s leading secessionists. In September 1861, Jack May, Hiram Hawkins, Ezekial Clay, James M. Thomas, Benjamin Desha, and other . . . Map (db m97381) HM
30Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonsburg — The Middle Creek National Battlefield Foundation
Near Kentucky Route 114, 0.1 miles east of Kentucky Route 404, on the right when traveling east.
The Middle Creek National Battlefield Foundation, Inc., a non-profit corporation, is an organization of community leaders and historians who have joined together to preserve this nationally significant Civil War battlefield. The foundation's purpose . . . Map (db m69139) HM
31Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonsburg — The Union Assault
Near State Highway 114, 0.1 miles east of State Highway 404.
The Confederate position along the heavily wooded ridge overlooking Middle Creek was a strong one. To avoid exposing his troops to the combined fire of all the Confederate regiments, Garfield chose to assault the south end of their line rather than . . . Map (db m97540) HM
32Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonsburg — The Union Command Post
Near State Highway 114, 0.1 miles east of State Highway 404.
During the reconnaissance which preceded the battle, Garfield chose Graveyard Point, the high ridge opposite Spurlock Creek, as his command post. In a letter to his wife, Lucretia, written several days after the battle, Garfield says: . . . Map (db m97539) HM
33Kentucky, Floyd County, Prestonsburg — Why They Fought Here
Near Kentucky Route 114, 0.1 miles east of Kentucky Route 404, on the right when traveling east.
During the first few months of the war, Kentucky remained neutral. The August 1861 election, however, sent a Unionist majority to Frankfort. The new legislature voted to suppress the rebellion, and Federal marshals began arresting men suspected of . . . Map (db m69137) HM
34Kentucky, Floyd County, Tram — 905 — Little Floyd
On U.S. 23/460 at Mare Creek, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 23/460.
In 1845, Ky. Legislature put Mare Creek farm of Tandy R. Stratton in Floyd County. In Pike since it was formed from Floyd, 1821. Strip separates farm area from Floyd, forming "island" in Pike. Reported to be the only instance in U.S. His grandfather . . . Map (db m170890) HM
 
 
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Feb. 7, 2023