Jefferson Davis Birthday Commemoration Set for June 5-7, 2015

Title: Jefferson Davis Birthday Commemoration Set for June 5-7, 2015
Location: Jefferson Davis State Historic Site, Fairview, KY
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Description: FAIRVIEW, Ky. – This year marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The Jefferson Davis State Historic Site will mark this event with the 207th Birthday Commemoration of Jefferson Davis, first and only president of the Confederate States of America.

The park will have food; two battle re-enactments; re-enactors representing Civil War figures; a pageant; a Civil War flag display; a featured speaker, Teresa Roane of Richmond, Virginia; and book signings.

All events are free, except for monument and museum tours. The cost for the tours is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and military personnel, and $6 for children 5-12. Children 4 and under are free. For more information, call 270-889-6100, or visit www.parks.ky.gov.

Jefferson Davis State Historic Site is a memorial to the famous Kentuckian born on this site on June 3, 1808. Jefferson Davis was a U.S. congressman, senator, and secretary of war, and was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. Jefferson Davis State Historic Site is located just off Highway 68/80 in Fairview.

Start Date: 2015-06-05
End Date: 2015-06-07

Annual Memorial Day Services and Civil War Living History Program

Title: Annual Memorial Day Services and Civil War Living History Program
Location: Fort Duffield in West Point, Kentucky
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Description: Fort Duffield is Kentucky’s largest and best-preserved Civil War earthen fortification. This impregnable fortification was ordered built in the fall of 1861 by Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman to protect the supply base in West Point and the Union line of supply via the L & N Turnpike.

The 9th Michigan Reenacting Unit and Fort Duffield Camp #1, Department of Kentucky, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War host a unique Memorial Day Service at the Fort Duffield Memorial Cemetery dedicated to remembering the soldiers who died in West Point in 1861 and 1862 as well as all U.S. Veterans.

Memorial Day at Fort Duffield in West Point, Kentucky offers a moving Memorial Day program and a living history program that is an educational and entertaining experience for the whole family. Union and Confederate reenactors bring to life the history of one of Kentucky’s nearly forgotten Civil War treasurers and the daily life of the Civil War soldier. Spend the day or a couple of hours.

SCHEDULE:
Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015
Annual Memorial Day Services and Civil War Living History Program
10:00 AM – Memorial Day Services
Fort Duffield Memorial Cemetery. Presented by Fort Duffield, Camp #1, Dept. of KY, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. The public is invited to attend our annual Memorial Day services held to honor the soldiers who died of hardship and disease in West Point and at Fort Duffield constructing the 1,000 foot long earthen fortification. Free. Bring a lawn chair for guaranteed seating. Shuttle service will be provided.
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Civil War Living History Program
Living History Program. Presented by the Fort Duffield Heritage Committee, 9th Michigan Vol. Infantry and Friends of Fort Duffield. Lean about the life of the Civil War soldier.

$5 per person; $15 per family (parents & children under 18). Shuttle service will be provided. Information: 502-922-4574. info@fortduffield.com.

Memorial Day Services – 10 AM
Living History Opening ceremonies 11 AM
Continuous presentations on weapons & uniforms
Infantry & Artillery Firings
Skirmishes 1 PM & 3 PM
Souvenirs
Food by BiteSize Catering
Fun for All Ages
All proceeds benefit the continuing restoration, maintenance and interpretation of Fort Duffield.

The entrance to Fort Duffield is on Dixie Highway (U.S. 31W) at Salt River Road just 7.5 miles south of the Gene Snyder Freeway (Hwy 841) and 9 miles north of the main entrance to Fort Knox.

Shuttle service is available for those unable to walk the 1/4 mile trail to the fort.

Take a virtual tour & learn about the history of Union Fort Duffield on line at fortduffield.com

For information or to arrange group tours, contact: Fort Duffield Heritage Committee (502) 922-4574 or info@fortduffield.com

Visit historic West Point, Kentucky on-line at www.westpoint.ky.gov

Connie Morris, Secretary
Fort Duffield Heritage Committee
City of West Point, Kentucky
H 502-922-4574
C 502-727-7584
Email: FortDuffield@twc.com
Web site: fortduffield.com

Start Time: 10:00 am
Date: 2015-05-25
End Time: 4:00 pm

It’s Spring at Perryville Battlefield!

Civil War Trust Park Day will be held this year on May 23rd. We will be working hard on land restoration projects. Please consider coming out and lending a hand. For information please contact Joni House at joan.house@ky.gov

Spring Walking Tour
Sponsored by the Friends of Perryville Battlefield and the Cincinnati Civil War Round Table
Guides – Chuck Lott and Darryl Smith

May 15th – Dry Canteen Trail Walk

This walk replicates the Federal First Corps approach to the battlefield. The Dry Canteen Trail is a scout trail that scouts, without water to simulate what the Union troops were going through on October 7th, could earn a badge and learn about the Battle of Perryville. The trail consists of road walking, so wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water and snacks, and wear bright colors so that passing cars may see us more easily. While the walk is mostly on back roads, there is a busier section at the beginning of the walk that we need to exercise extreme caution and walk single file.
Meet by the Confederate Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. We will then take as few vehicles as possible and drive to Mackville. Starting at the Mackville Community Center we will walk about ten miles back to the battlefield, arriving by 3:00 p.m. Car drivers will then need to be shuttled back to Mackville to pick up their vehicles. Do not let the distance deter you from joining as we will have an easy pace and smooth surface to enjoy. Post walk event will be at Bluegrass Pizza and Pub, where we can enjoy a great local restaurant and chat about Perryville.

May 16th – Walking Tour of Perryville Battlefield

Join Chuck Lott and Darryl Smith for an extended walking tour of the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. There will be a morning session from 9:00 a.m. until noon, a break for lunch, and then an afternoon session from 1:00-4:00 p.m. (covering a different part of the battle than the morning session). There will be some sort of evening session (hopefully with a renowned Perryville expert), so please plan on joining us after the walking tour for some enjoyable post tour camaraderie.

Attendees should wear comfortable clothing, sturdy walking shoes, bring water and snacks, and pack a lunch. History buffs and the general public are all welcome! Each session will involve about three miles of walking, with some elevation changes (none greater than 100 feet) along the way. Meet for the morning session at the picnic shelter in the park near the playground. When entering the park, take the first right and look for the shelter.

Morning Session – 9:00-12:00 – Meet at the Picnic Shelter near the playground.
Lunch – 12:00-1:00
Be sure to pack a lunch! Note – There is a small Amish place on the Lebanon Pike southwest of Perryville that may be open (about a ten minute drive). They make a delicious deli sandwich!

Afternoon Session – 1:00-4:00 – Meet at the Confederate Cemetery

Evening Session – Post Tour Gathering – To Be Announced

Information can be found at http://perryvillebattlefield.org/ or call the park at 859-332-8631 for additional information!

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