Wars: Forts, Battles, Soldiers

            "Lexington's Ashland, the Henry Clay estate, is most well known as the home of the four-time presidential candidate who won national and even international fame as a leader with particularly effective skills as a creator of compromise on major issues impacting the young United States. There is more than a little irony in a story a group of Civil War students are committed to adding to the Ashland...

Camp Bradley

was established at the Chautauqua grounds, at Woodland Park during the Spanish American War.  The camp was named after Governor William O. Bradley.  The committee converted the assembly building into barracks and setup rows of tents on the grounds.  Charles Scott rented a supply of tents from Thomason & Vancamp, tent makers of Cincinnati.  This supply included 50 sleeping tents (14 by 16...

Flora Hall at Red Mile, Company A Quarters    <UK>

In May 1918, the army established technical training camps, known as Students Army Training Corps[1]...

Camp Collier was established at the Tattersalls Pavilion, on South Broadway during the Spanish American War.  The camp was named after Adjutant General Daniel R. Collier.  The soldiers were housed in the sales building and a “huge barn.”  Before the soldiers arrived, the committee whitewashed all the buildings, barns and fencing.  The stalls were cleaned, with new dirt spread and sanitized with lime.  In the main...

Camp Corbin was established at Loudon Park, on Bryan Station Pike during the Spanish American War.  The camp was originally called Camp Hobson, after Richmond P. Hobson.  Hobson during June 1898 attempted to block the Santiago Channel with the Merrimac (a naval collier).  The camp housed the new 4th Kentucky, from July 4 to September 17, 1898.  The Kentucky troops renamed it Camp Corbin, after Henry C. Corbin,...

Camp Hamilton[1] the camp was established on the James Clark farm on Bryan Station Pike, 4½ miles east of Lexington, near Montrose during the Spanish American War.  The camp was officially named for Colonel John M. Hamilton, of the 9th Cavalry, who was killed on July 1, 1898, at the Battle of San Juan Hill....

Camp Miles established on the Simon Weil farm, 3 miles west of Lexington, on Old Frankfort Pike and the Louisville Southern Railroad during the Spanish American War .  The camp was named for General Nelson A. Miles, commanding officer of the Puerto Rico expedition.  Camp Miles was an overflow facility for Camp Hamilton and later for black soldiers.

During June 1913, the Federal army was sent to Texas, following several border raids by Mexican bandits.  In Lexington, Company I of the Kentucky National Guard was established in the event of a war with Mexico.  The company established a temporary training camp at the University of Kentucky campus.  The university agreed to allow the guardsmen the use of Buell Armory and Stoll Field.  Henry S. Breckinridge,...

A training camp for the 3rd US Volunteer Engineers, located at Tyrone, Woodford County, near Young’s High Bridge on the Louisville Southern Railroad during the Spanish American War .  The camp was named for Brigadier General James M. Wilson.[i]

 

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General Hospital J. B. Gibbs an army hospital established adjacent to Camp Hamilton, named after Dr. John Blair Gibbs during the Spanish American War .  Gibbs was an assistant naval surgeon with the 1st Marine Battalion.  He was killed on June 12, 1898 at Guantánamo, Cuba.  The hospital was the second largest hospital in the training camps....

The 1st Kentucky Volunteer Infantry Regiment, under Colonel John B. Castleman, was primarily from the Louisville area and known as the Louisville Legion.  The regiment was mustered into Federal service from June 1 to 10, 1898 at Lexington.  Attached to First Corp of US Army, at Camp Thomas, Chickamauga, where the regiment was issued uniforms and arms.  Transferred on July 27, 1898 to Newport News for assignment...

During August 1862, Confederate General Edmund Kirby-Smith invaded Kentucky, through Cumberland Gap, capturing Barbourville on August 18th.  Kirby-Smith commanded the Army of East Tennessee, with roughly 20,000 soldiers.  He marched along the old Wilderness Road toward Richmond.  At the end of the month, Kirby-Smith won an overwhelming victory over the forces of Major General William “Bull” Nelson at Richmond. ...

Following the sinking of the USS Maine, the United States declared war on Spain on April 23, 1898 and President McKinley called for 125,000 volunteers.  On June 20, 1898, the army invaded Cuba and on July 1, 1898 won the battle at San Juan Hill, while on July 3, 1898 the navy destroyed the Spanish fleet.  The war formally ended on August 12, 1898.  In the United States, the army established several training camps...

After the United States declared war on Germany during the First World War, the Kentucky National Guard assigned units to protect railroad property around the state.  On March 31, 1917, the War Department issued Special Order No. 36 that stationed units to provide protection for railroads in the state.  In April 1917, the governor called the 2nd and 3rd Kentucky Regiments to active duty.

 

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