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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Breathitt County, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Breathitt County, Kentucky and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Breathitt County, KY (10) Knott County, KY (11) Lee County, KY (6) Magoffin County, KY (8) Owsley County, KY (6) Perry County, KY (7) Wolfe County, KY (10)  BreathittCounty(10) Breathitt County (10)  KnottCounty(11) Knott County (11)  LeeCounty(6) Lee County (6)  MagoffinCounty(8) Magoffin County (8)  OwsleyCounty(6) Owsley County (6)  PerryCounty(7) Perry County (7)  WolfeCounty(10) Wolfe County (10)
Jackson is the county seat for Breathitt County
Adjacent to Breathitt County, Kentucky
      Knott County (11)  
      Lee County (6)  
      Magoffin County (8)  
      Owsley County (6)  
      Perry County (7)  
      Wolfe County (10)  
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1 Kentucky, Breathitt County, Jackson — 641 — "Bloody Breathitt"
The courthouse that stood here, 1899-1963, was a landmark of Kentucky's "feudin' 'n' fightin'." Stemming from Civil War, feuds and political disagreements, unnumbered slayings, ambushes, and assassinations occurred between 1870-1920. In 11 months, . . . Map (db m73893) HM
2 Kentucky, Breathitt County, Jackson — 669 — Bitter Antagonism Reported missing
During the Civil War animosity between Union and Confederate sympathizers in Breathitt County led to deaths of 20 citizens and 44 CSA and USA men discharged or on furlough. They were killed in personal fights, ambushes, or by murders at their homes. . . . Map (db m146468) HM
3 Kentucky, Breathitt County, Jackson — 961 — Breathitt County
Formed from parts of Estill, Clay, Perry Counties, 1839. Named for Gov. John Breathitt, who died in office, 1834. Breathitt born in Va. 1786. Family came to Logan County, Ky. 1800. Representative Ky. Legis. 3 terms, Lt. Gov. 1828, Gov. 1832-34. . . . Map (db m73891) HM
4 Kentucky, Breathitt County, Jackson — 904 — Breathitt Volunteers
During World War I, this county attained national prominence by filling its quota of service men by volunteers. No men had to be drafted from Breathitt, the only county in U.S. with this record. During war 3,912 men registered, 405 volunteered, 324 . . . Map (db m73892) WM
5 Kentucky, Breathitt County, Jackson — Broken Column
In ancient days a stately column or pillar was used to honor those persons of nobility and dignity who contributed much to the community or state. A broken column was used to honor those who died or were struck down and cut off in the vigor of life . . . Map (db m73885) WM
6 Kentucky, Breathitt County, Jackson — Korean War Memorial
Korean War 25 June 1950 - 27 May 1953 In honor of all Breathitt Countians who served in the Korean War era and especially those whose names are inscribed hereon who gave their lives to contain Communism and to preserve individual freedom in . . . Map (db m105814) WM
7 Kentucky, Breathitt County, Jackson — Willie Sandlin
Kentuckys only medal of honor winner in World War I. Born at the head of Freeman fork of Longs Creek, Breathitt County, KY. Jan. 1. 1890. Single handedly destroyed three German machine gun nests. Killed 24 enemy soldiers near Bois De Froges France . . . Map (db m73884) WM
8 Kentucky, Breathitt County, Jackson — World War I Memorial
World War I April 6, 1917 - November 11, 1918 Dedicated to all Breathitt Countians who served “over there” in the “war to end all wars”. To all those who supported the war effort in any fashion and in memory of the following who gave their . . . Map (db m105815) WM
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9 Kentucky, Breathitt County, Morris Fork — 1289 — Sam and Nola of Morris Fork
Samuel VanderMeer came here from New Jersey in 1923. “Uncle Sam” to generations of Ky. Youngsters, he became pastor of the Morris Fork Presbyterian Church in 1927, the year he married nurse Nola Pease. Missionaries, community builders. . . . Map (db m39151) HM
10 Kentucky, Breathitt County, Quicksand — 841 — Quicksand — 1864Confederate Raids and Invasions, and a Federal Retreat, in Kentucky
Part of Company I, 14th Kentucky Infantry, USA, attacked Confederates camped here, night of April 5, 1864. CSA loss: eight killed or wounded, three prisoners and 24 horses taken. Gen. John H. Morgan’s CSA men, on tragic last raid into Kentucky, . . . Map (db m146426) HM
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May. 28, 2023