Saturday’s event will commemorate 150th anniversary of Frankfort attack

By Nicky Hughes Published:

“Civil War Sesquicentennial, The Confederate Assault on Frankfort” is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Leslie Morris Park on Fort Hill, 400 Clifton Ave.

Admission is free and the event includes guided tours, a living history camp, artillery salute, talks about the Civil War in Frankfort and more.

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Sesquicentennials (150th anniversaries) do not come along very often. So Frankfort city workers are making detailed plans to commemorate a critical event in Frankfort history.

On June 10-11, 1864, during the Civil War, Confederate raiders made an attack on Frankfort, home of Kentucky’s pro-Union state government. 

On Saturday, a special event commemorating this skirmish will be held at the Leslie Morris Park on Fort Hill.

A team of Kentucky historians has been recruited for this event. Talks will be in a large tent on Fort Hill, beginning at 11.

Dr. James Klotter will speak about the politics of the 1860 secession crisis. James Prichard will tell about Frankfort in the Civil War. Dr. James Ramage will detail the 1864 raid through Kentucky of which the Frankfort skirmish was a part.

Dr. Alicestyne Turley will survey the history of slavery and emancipation in Kentucky. The speakers will offer their books about the Civil War for sale.

There will be living history learning stations throughout the park. Visitors will be able to “visit” with a detachment of Confederate raiders out to burn down Frankfort and members of the local militia determined to protect their hometown from them.

United States Colored Troops artillerymen will man one of the earthwork forts that are important features of Leslie Morris Park. Period civilians will hold forth in the Sullivan House Visitor Center. There will even be a detachment of Topographic Engineers.

The event will conclude late in the afternoon with the unveiling of a new commemorative marker at the earthwork walls of Fort Boone, which came under fire from the Confederates in 1864.  A 21-shot cannon salute will re-create for a few minutes that noisy day when Frankfort became a battlefield.

The event will be free. Parking will be at the Ash Building at 14 Reilly Road off Wilkinson Boulevard with bus transport to the park.  Lunches can be purchased on the site.

The City of Frankfort’s Department of Parks, Recreation & Historic Sites operates the Leslie Morris Park on Fort Hill. Frankfort’s Civil War Sesquicentennial observances began with the Cornets and Cannons Civil War Music Festival in 2011 and will conclude with this Fort Hill event.

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