Mill Springs Battlefield

National Monument - Kentucky

The Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument was the location of the Battle of Mill Springs (also known as Battle of Fishing Creek and as Battle of Logan's Crossroads) in January 1862. Several separated areas related to the battle have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the Confederate Mass Grave Monument in Somerset, Gen. Felix K. Zollicoffer Monument, and the Mill Springs National Cemetery.

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https://www.nps.gov/misp/index.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mill_Springs_Battlefield_National_Monument The Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument was the location of the Battle of Mill Springs (also known as Battle of Fishing Creek and as Battle of Logan's Crossroads) in January 1862. Several separated areas related to the battle have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the Confederate Mass Grave Monument in Somerset, Gen. Felix K. Zollicoffer Monument, and the Mill Springs National Cemetery. The US won a significant victory early in the Civil War at the Battle of Mill Springs. Explore the rolling fields of Kentucky where the battle took place and learn about that state's strategic importance to both sides of the fight. The address of the Visitor Center and Museum is 9020 West Highway 80, Nancy, Kentucky 42544. The Visitor Center and Museum is located approximately eight miles west of Somerset, Kentucky along KY-80. Next door is the Mill Springs National Cemetery. Zollicoffer Park (Core Battlefield) is one mile due south of the Visitor Center along KY-235. From the Visitor Center, turn right onto KY-80 W head 0.3 of a mile. Turn left onto State Hwy 235 go 1 mile, Zollicoffer Park will be on your left. Mill Springs Battlefield Visitor Center and Museum The National Park Service operates the Visitor Center and Museum in Nancy, KY. A free 20-minute film about the Battle of Mill Springs is available for viewing in the Visitor Center. There are restrooms and a research library. The museum features the Combat on the Cumberland exhibit with Civil War artifacts and replicas. From Cumberland Pkwy - Exit 78 from Cumberland Pkwy to KY-80 E toward Nancy. Follow KY-80 for approximately 4.6 miles to the Visitor Center. From KY-914 W and KY-80 W - Head southwest on KY-914 W toward KY-3057. Take Patterson Branch Rd, Cr-1483 and Patterson Branch Rd to KY-80 W. Turn Left onto KY-80 W. In approximately 4.5 miles turn right toward your destination. Zollicoffer Park Rows of white gravestones on a rolling green hill with tall, mature trees in the background. Zollicoffer Park is situated amid rolling fields and forest land that make up the core battlefield area. Driving Tour Zig-zag wooden fence and Confederate tour sign next to a road. Much of the battlefield may be seen from public roadways. George Henry Thomas at the Battle of Mill Springs George Henry Thomas was a southerner who remained loyal to the United States during the Civil War. Commanding the US forces during the Battle of Mill Springs, Thomas demonstrated his capacity for high command and military strategy. Thomas' victory at Mill Springs was a direct catalyst to successful Federal movements into Middle Tennessee and the end of Confederate occupation of Kentucky during the Civil War. A black and white image of George Thomas in uniform sitting. Felix Kirk Zollicoffer at the Battle of Mill Springs Felix Kirk Zollicoffer was a Tennessee newspaperman, U.S. politician, and Confederate general. Zollicoffer was responsible for crossing the Cumberland River and establishing winter quarters for his Confederate force at Beech Grove. After George B. Crittenden took command, Zollicoffer commanded a brigade of Tennesseans on an attack of US forces during the Battle of Mill Springs. Zollicoffer was killed during the battle and his body was returned for burial in Nashville. A sepia toned image of Felix K. Zollicoffer. George Bibb Crittenden at the Battle of Mill Springs George Bibb Crittenden was the son of U.S. Representative and former Attorney General John J. Crittenden. George Crittenden commanded the Confederate forces during the Battle of Mill Springs. Crittenden allowed command on the field to Felix Zollicoffer during the battle. After Zollicoffer's death, Crittenden attempted to take control, but ultimately his force was routed. After crossing the Cumberland River, Crittenden was arrested for allegedly being drunk on duty. A black and white image of George B. Crittenden in uniform.

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