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Fort Duffield Park and Historic Site

Salt River Drive, West Point, KY 40177, USA

Native son of Kentucky, President Abraham Lincoln, said: "I think to lose Kentucky is nearly the same as to lose the whole game." At the confluence of the Salt and Ohio Rivers in North Hardin County, Kentucky, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, commander of the Army of the Cumberland, ordered the construction of a fort some 300 feet above the city of West Point to protect his supply base there and to protect Louisville from attack via the Louisville-Nashville Turnpike and Ohio River. Work on the fort began on Sunday, November 3, 1861, and the 1, 000 foot long earthen fortification with no less than 10 angles for artillery took about one and a half months to complete. The bulk of the construction was done by the 9th Michigan Infantry Regiment commanded by Colonel William W. Duffield. Many of the green troops who worked with pick-ax and shovel were stricken with disease. Some 61 men died and were buried on the hill to the south. Today a memorial cemetery with stone markers and a modest granite monument pays tribute to the memory of these men who gave their lives to preserve the Union. This impregnable fortress was never challenged; however, its strategic position no doubt played an important roll in the Civil War in Kentucky.


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Located on US 31 W at Salt River Road, 7.5 miles South of Gene Snyder Freeway (Hwy 841) and 9 miles North of Main Entrance to Fort Knox, KY. From the North: I-65, take exit 125 west on Gene Snyder Freeway/Highway 841 to U.S. 31 W; take exit 1 and turn left onto US 31 south towards Fort Knox. West Point is approximately 7.5 miles. Entrance to park is at Salt River Road on the left. Watch for signs. From the South: I-65, exit 102, State Highway 313 West; approximately 9.1 miles to Dixie Highway/US 31W; turn right onto US 31W; West Point is approximately 16 miles. Entrance to park is at Salt River Road on the right. Watch for signs.

Visitor Services

Outside rest rooms at historic site, elevated walkway handicapped accessible by arrangement, trails

Regular Events

First Saturday in April, Civil War Trust Park Day; Memorial Day Services & Living History Program; First Sunday in November, Living History.

Available Interpretation

Signs, self-guided walking tour brochure, private tours

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Admission Fee

Admission required only for special living history events. Donations welcome. For more information, email


Daily: 8:00 A.M.-sunset.



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