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Middle Creek Battlefield

Prestonsburg, Kentucky
County of Floyd.
Intersection of KY 114 & KY 404
National Register Number: 91001665
Resource type: Site.
Property type: Defense - battle site. The threat level was Threatened in
2008.
Congressional District: KY-5 Certified Local Government: NO
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Statement of Significance (as of designation - October 5, 1992):
Control of Kentucky was very important to President Abraham Lincoln, who had been born there and appreciated its strategic value. The Eastern Kentucky campaign that resulted in the this battle was part of the overall Union strategy to keep Kentucky within the fold. At the Battle of Middle Creek (January 10, 1862), Union forces led by Col. James A. Garfield met and defeated Rebel forces under the command of Brig. Gen. Humphrey Marshall, thus securing Eastern Tennessee. The battle was an important early victory for the Union and brought hope to a disheartened Northern population.

Condition:
Continuing threat from development pressures; timber harvesting on a portion of the MCNB by and unsympathetic owner of property.

Construction of a flag pole plaza consisting of three poles, placement of split rail fencing on various areas of the interpretive trails.


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