NEW: Kentucky Department of Tourism and the Kentucky Historical Society has set up a new Kentucky Civil War Heritage Trail. Click here to view.

Mary Todd Lincoln House Traveling Exhibit Available for Sites and Communities
The Mary Todd Lincoln House has a traveling exhibit, “A House Divided: The Lincolns’ Confederate Relatives,” available for sites and communities. The exhibit includes eight self-standing panels, brochures, and an educational handout for children. To preview the exhibit, see For additional information, contact Gwen Thompson at 859-233-9999, or Click here for more CW events.

Any one interested in a Civil War Book by David T. Moore, click here to check it out. The book is available for purchase for $20 and is over 4,500 pages long.

Civil War
Both Union and Confederate forces considered Kentucky crucial to success. Lincoln reputed to have said that he hoped to have God on his side, but that he must have Kentucky.

In Kentucky, more than any other state, the Civil War was truly a war of brother against brother.

Come with us to examine the sites that determined the outcome of the struggle to win Kentucky. Then you will be prepared to make your own journey - from the high ridges and mountain passes of Cumberland Gap to the "Gibralter of the West" at Columbus.

We will provide maps to help you get there and information to spark your interest.

Click an area of the map above to start your journey to over 100 Civil War sites including descriptions, photos and maps. Every monument within the state of Kentucky is also identified.

While exploring Kentucky's Civil War sites, please remember the importance of preserving and protecting these sites for future generations. The task of protecting America's heritage belongs to everyone!

Check out this website for Civil War monuments throughout Kentucky, click here.

Click here about the Kentucky Monument in Vicksburg.

The information on this site was awarded 4-1/2 Stars for Excellency by the Civil War Interactive Website


8th US Colored Heavy Artillery Historical Marker Dedication
The 8th United States Colored Heavy Artillery, which helped defend Paducah’s Fort Anderson, will be commemorated with a new historical marker on Saturday, October 22. The marker will be dedicated at 11:00 a.m. (central time) at the Paducah/McCracken County Convention Center. For more information, contact

Bacon Creek Station Celebration, October 28-30
Bonnieville is hosting their inaugural Bacon Creek Station Celebration from October 28-30. This event will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the “First Blood of the Civil War” and the history Bonnieville’s Camp Jefferson. Event includes Civil War encampments on the Camp Jefferson site, a black powder sharpshooter contest, living history exhibits, skirmishes, parades, and more. For more information, contact or

Grant’s Final Victory at Eastern Kentucky University
Observe the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War with Eastern Kentucky University Libraries on Tuesday, October 25, 4:30-6 p.m. in the Main Library’s Research & Instruction Commons Discovery Classroom at EKU in Richmond. Charles Bracelen Flood will discuss his new book, Grant’s Final Victory: Ulysses S. Grant’s Heroic Last Year. Flood's presentation will be followed by a special reception, book sale and book signing. For information, contact Public parking is available at the City Lot on Crabbe Street

Boone County Public Library Events
The BCPL is hosting several Civil War lectures and discussions as part of their “Let’s Talk About it: Making Sense of the Civil War” series. This five-part monthly series features readings of historical fiction and interpretation, speeches, diaries, memoirs, biographies, and short stories. The series will run from November through March and all meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Discussions will be held at the Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike. For more information, see

1861: The Civil War Awakening
As part of their Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series, the Filson Historical Society is hosting historian Adam Goodheart on Sunday, November 20, at 5:00 p.m. The event, where Goodheart will discuss his book 1861: The Civil War Awakening, will be held at Ballard High School. For reservations, see, or call 502-635-5083. The Filson’s Civil War exhibit, “United We Stand, Divided We Fall,” also opens on October 21. See the Filson’s website for more information about that exhibit.

Kentucky Civil War Heritage Trail
The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) has been working with the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism and the Kentucky Heritage Council on a new Kentucky Civil War Heritage Trail. The website for this trail has just been launched, and can be accessed at This site includes information about the trail sites, blog postings, travel itineraries, and more.

Kentucky Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
The Kentucky Historical Society is the administrator of the Kentucky Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. For more information about Civil War 150th activities, see

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