The 145th anniversary of the Confederate attempt to win Kentucky for the South.
Finally, after months of wondering what this re-enactment would be like, we made it there.
The day was hot, close to 90 degrees, but the crowd was not that large, and the battlefield is open, so it wasn't crowded at all. It was not a large re-enactment, certainly not like last year when 35,000 re-enactors showed up, but it was a great day nonetheless.
Union Soldiers on the move
Mounted Union Officers
The Union Charge
The Confederate Response
Mounted Confederate Officers
The Confederate Charge
After the first day of battle...
On the second day, Union forces routed Confederate forces from the field. Both armies moved toward Danville -- the county courthouse was used as a field hospital -- and Confederate forces moved south into Tennessee, the last time a major Confederate army existed in Kentucky. Oh, there were raids, notably Morgan's raids, right in this part of Casey County, for example, but never again was Kentucky to be seriously considered part of the Confederacy.
Lincoln had said early in the war,
"I would like to have God on my side, but I MUST have Kentucky."