The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a new historical marker that recalls the June 10-11, 1864, attack on Frankfort by Confederate cavalry under the command of Gen. John Hunt Morgan.
The June 7 ceremony will be at 3 p.m. EDT at Leslie Morris Park on Fort Hill as part of the Capital City Museum Civil War Sesquicentennial event, The Assault on Frankfort. The marker later will be installed on the 200 block of Broadway near the First Christian Church.
The attack on Frankfort was Morgan’s last raid. Fort defenders included a small force of militia and volunteers, including Gov. Thomas Bramlette, future U.S. Supreme Court Justice John M. Harlan and Gen. D.W. Lindsey. The defense succeeded, and a June 11 attack on the city from the south side failed. The Confederate troops retreated to Georgetown.
The marker dedication coincides with several other KHS activities occurring in Frankfort on June 7, Boone Day, which marks the day in 1769 that Daniel Boone first saw the land that was to become Kentucky. The event also is a birthday celebration, commemorating statehood day, June 1, 1792. President Lincoln’s Own Band, a Civil War-period band, will perform at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History at 11 a.m. followed by a noon luncheon and panel discussion featuring award-winning novelist, poet and farmer Wendell Berry; Dr. James Klotter, state historian; and KET’s Renee Shaw.
$10 (at door) provides access to all Boone Day activities, exhibits, and tours (except lunch and panel discussion). $30 members; $40 non-members provides access to lunch and panel discussion (reservations and prepayment required), along with all other activities, exhibits, and tours. For luncheon reservation, due by May 30, contact: Julia Curry, 502-564-1792, ext. 4414.
Visit the KHS website at history.ky.gov for details on these and other Boone Day activities taking place at the Center for Kentucky History.
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