Marker Notes Michigan Soldiers Who Fought Battle In Kentucky

Jul 23, 2012

RICHMOND, Ky. -- A marker has been placed on a Civil War battlefield in central Kentucky to recognize Michigan troops who fought and died there.

Michigan Historical Commission member Kimberly Johnson was among those who attended the weekend ceremony at the Richmond Battlefield. Johnson told The Richmond Register that the group wanted to make sure the soldiers' sacrifice wouldn't be forgotten.

As the group raised money in Michigan for the marker, she said many people were surprised that troops from the state fought a battle in Kentucky.

"We're thrilled to be here and to place the first Union state marker on the Richmond Battlefield," said Kimberly Johnson, a member of the Michigan Historical Commission. "This is a story that needs to be told."

The conflict happened in August 1862 as more experienced Confederate troops marched toward Union troops who were raw and outnumbered. The Michigan Artillery tried to turn back the Rebel forces, but Union soldiers ended up losing the battle.

Liz Stringer, president of Michigan's Abraham Lincoln Civil War Roundtable, noted Kentucky's efforts in preserving the battlefield.

"Thank you for keeping our history alive," she said.