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The Paper Trail of the Civil War in Kentucky 1861-1865 --- Kentucky



Excerts taken from The Paper Trail of the Civil War in Kentucky 1861-1865 Compiled by Colonel (Ret.) Armando β€œAl” Alfaro

http://kynghistory.ky.gov/NR/rdonlyres/A6BA819B-44E3-482E-95A9-35FECB12F4A8/0/ThePaperTrailoftheCivilWarinKY18611865.pdf

22 Courthouses Burned
During Civil War Twenty-two Kentucky courthouses were burned during the Civil War, nineteen in the last fifteen months. Twelve by Confederates, eight by guerrillas, and two by Union accident. Guerrillas burned the courthouse and records at Stanton in the spring of 1863. Building was rebuilt and in 1864 the jail and records were burned again.
Reference: Excerpts from Kentucky Historical Society Highway Marker #587, KHS Frankfort

These courthouses were located at – Mayfield, Cadiz, Marion, Princeton, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, Owensboro, Hartford, Hardinsburg, Leitchfield, Tompkinsville, Hodgenville,
Taylorsville, Lebanon, Campbellsville, Brooksfield, Albany, Harlan, Stanton, Mt. Sterling, Owingsville and Morehead,
Reference: Page 73, Call To Arms, Colonel (ret.) Larry L. Arnett, Kentuckee Publishing Co., Frankfort.

Guerrillas burned the Hodgenville courthouse on 21 February 1865. It was used by Union soldiers as barracks. All of the county records were saved.
Reference: Excerpts from Kentucky Historical Society Highway
Marker #591, KHS Frankfort

On 5 July 1863 the clerk's office at Lebanon was burned by Morgan to destroy treason indictments against some of his men. All the county records were destroyed.
Reference: Excerpts from Kentucky Historical Society Highway
Marker #585, KHS Frankfort

Courthouse and other buildings in Tompkinsville burned by CSA force on 22 April 1863 in reprisal for Federals burning at Celina, Tennessee. Monroe County records were lost.
Reference: Excerpts from Kentucky Historical Society Highway
Marker #593, KHS Frankfort

Gen. Hylan B. Lyon with 800 men invaded Kentucky in December 1864 to enforce CSA draft law and divert USA from Nashville. In 23 days he burned seven courthouses used by Union forces. At Hartford, Lyon captured the garrison on 20 December 1864--later paroled- -and courthouse burned. Samuel 0. Peyton, a local doctor, pleaded and saved the records in the other building.
Reference: Excerpts from Kentucky Historical Society Highway
Marker #581, KHS Frankfort.

21 March 1864, Union troops fled Owingsville courthouse as CSA force came up. Overheated stove started fire, burning building. Guerrillas burned many county records 4 December 1864.
Reference: Excerpts from Kentucky Historical Frankfort

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Union troops, 300, ordered to burn the CSA Madisonville sympathizers' homes, 1862; withdrew, bluffed by CSA Gen. Adam Johnson and six men. CSA went on to Henderson, crossed river to Newburg, taking medical supplies, arms and rations for the Confederates. Johnson and his Breckinridge Guards became famous for daring raids until he was blinded in battle in 1864.
Reference: Excerpts from Kentucky Historical Society Highway
Marker #1103, KHS Frankfort

CSA burned the riverfront warehouses. Next day USA troops under Col. S. G. Hicks burned homes in range of the fort.
Reference: Excerpts from Kentucky Historical Society Highway
Marker #828, KHS Frankfort

Here (Broadway between 2nd and 3rd Streets) stood the headquarters of Colonel Stephen G. Hicks, commander of the USA occupation forces during the Battle of Paducah on 25 March 1864. The next day Col. Hicks ordered sixty private homes that had been used by CSA forces as cover near the fort burned to the ground. Most owners filed suits but were never repaid for their homes.
Reference: Excerpts from Kentucky Historical Society Highway
Marker #1031, KHS Frankfort