150 years ago today (January 19), near Logan’s Cross Roads, Kentucky Federals under General George Thomas won a small, but strategic battle against Confederates jointly commanded by Maj. Gen. George B. Crittenden and Brig. Gen. Felix Zollicoffer. The victory closed Kentucky to the Confederates and opened the door for larger, more strategic moves into Tennessee.
Rather fitting that the Civil War Trust chose today to announce it’s newest preservation initiative:
… Just a few decades ago, the Battle of Mill Springs, Ky., was something of a footnote in Civil War history, overshadowed by the larger battles that would come in the months and years to follow. But in recent years, the tremendous efforts of groups like the Civil War Trust and the Mill Springs Battlefield Association have created a true renaissance by saving nearly 500 acres at this important battlefield. Visitors can also enjoy two restored historic homes, walking trails with interpretive signage and an impressive 10,000-square-foot museum and visitor center.
This week, as we remember the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Mill Springs , the Civil War Trust is proud to announce its latest preservation effort: the purchase of 16.4 acres at the very heart of this battlefield! The site witnessed the dramatic advance of the 9th Ohio on the Confederate position — a ferocious assault that earned the regiment’s famous bayonet charge. Not only was that action a pivotal moment in this battle — it was actually the first bayonet charge of the war, giving it even greater historic significance.
But in order save this land, we must first pay for it! In order to protect this property forever and incorporate it into the existing park at Mill Springs, the Trust must raise $87,500 — but every dollar contributed will be matched 1-to-1 by a grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program.
What better way to mark this important anniversary than by adding a critical tract to this beautiful and pristine battlefield? Doing so is the most powerful and lasting legacy of this commemoration that we can leave for our children and grandchildren.
Please take a few moments to visit our website and learn about the Battle of Mill Springs and this unique anniversary preservation opportunity. Photos, maps, history articles and more are all available at www.civilwar.org/millsprings12!
I am somewhat ashamed to say I’ve only visited Mill Springs twice. Both were for reenactments. However I was very impressed with the work of the battlefield association. As the trust’s announcement indicates, there’s been a lot of progress at that battlefield over the last decade.
Preservationists scored several major victories in the first sesquicentennial year. Let’s keep the momentum rolling.