Monday, March 19, 2018

Tebb's Bend Battlefield - Model to Use for Cynthiana?

This past weekend I was invited to talk to the Southern Kentucky Pastfinders, a group of folks based in Russellville, Kentucky.  My talk was on The Last Raid and the Second Battle of Cynthiana.  It was a great weekend, the weather was mostly grand, and my wife and I enjoyed the hospitality of these fine folks.  We bunked at the Sisters on Sycamore Bed and Breakfast, which in itself was a quiet and comfortable way to spend the night.  

On the way to Russellville we stopped at Tebbs Bend Battlefield.  Having never there before, I was eager to add it to my list of visited battlefield sites, as well as learn a bit more about Morgan and his raids.  The site is quite worthy of a visit.  There is a nature preserve area with about a half dozen miles of intertwined trails, which has both historical and natural interpretation.  The old 1907 bridge that crossed the nearby Green River has been moved and used as the main gateway to the trails system.  There is a covered picnic shelter with restrooms, and there is a small house that serves as an visitor center on the weekends.  Along with the hiking trails, there is a twelve stop three mile driving tour.  The amount of interpretation is amazing.  Several types of signs are used, from simple site signs, to full interpretive panels.  

When I think of Tebbs Bend, I envision a similar use at the Kellers Bridge area.  A driving tour along A. Keller Road, and then interpreted walking trails east of the railroad, would be a good use of the area, if we can secure permission from the local land owner to allow a walking trail to be established along with the installation of interpretive panels.  Along with pushing for an 1862 walking tour in the heart of Cynthiana, the Kellers Bridge area should be another high priority project for the Cynthiana Battlefields Foundation.

Possible Tour Locations at Kellers Bridge

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Two Day Perryville Tour

After being asked by several battlefield trampers last weekend at the annual Chickamauga pilgrimage about the next Perryville tour, I have started working on some plans for a two day event for later this fall (a weekend in late September or late October).

Basic Itinerary
Saturday Morning - 8:30-11:30
Wheeler's Action on October 7th
The Fighting on Peter's Hill

Saturday Afternoon - 1:00-4:30
Cheatham Against Jackson

Sunday Morning - 8:30-11:30
Buckner and Anderson Against Rousseau

Sunday Afternoon - 12:30-4:30
Confederate Artillery Positions
Fighting in Town

Lodging would be in Danville, as would most restaurant choices.  

More details to follow.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

More 2018 Events

And to add to the list of previously mentioned talks and tours I have scheduled in 2018, here are even more!

6/1-6/3/18 - The Big Event in Cynthiana.  I'll be leading tours on at least two days, both will be on the First Battle of Cynthiana.

6/23/18 - Cynthiana tour for the Madison County Civil War Round Table.

7/8/18 - Speaking at the James Ramage Civil War Museum folks...topic?  You guessed it again!

10/11/18 - Cleveland Civil War Round Table - Battle of Perryville

11/13/18 - Speaking for the Madison County Civil War Round Table on the Last Raid.


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