In the fall of 1861, General William "Bull" Nelson, Union commander in northeastern Kentucky, was ordered to break up a large Confederate recruiting camp in Prestonsburg. In what would be the first major clash in eastern Kentucky, Confederate Capt. Andrew Jackson May's recruits took up positions at this site, where they waited in ambush. The Battle of Ivy Mountain ended the first phase of the struggle for the Big Sandy Valley.
Prestonburg, Kentucky | The story of this historic site begins January 10, 1862, when an unknown colonel, James A. Garfield (who would later be President of the United States), was pitted against the experience of Brig. Gen. Humphrey Marshall.
Campbellsville, Kentucky | This battlefield, a National Register site, is a 3-mile long loop road (Old Cambellsville-Columbia Turnpike) that contains 12 stops, 10 of which have wayside interpretive exhibits.
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