Ky. county seeks funds to document Civil War
Posted: Monday, October 11, 2010 8:01 pm
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — A central Kentucky county is hoping to land an $8,000 grant to document a Civil War battle as the 150th anniversary of the conflict nears.
The Hardin County History Museum has applied for a grant so that it can do a comprehensive survey of structures involved in the battle, install interpretive markers and provide ideas on management and preservation, The News-Enterprise reports.
During the 1862 raid, Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s troops fired more than 100 cannonballs into the heart of town. Several sites include the Brown-Pusey House, where Morgan stayed after taking over the town, have survived through the years.
There’s been no previous effort to survey sites related to the battle, according to an application for the $8,000 Federal Survey and Planning Grant through the Kentucky Heritage Council.
The findings would be presented at a public forum to commemorate the battle, which took place on Dec. 27, 1862.
Museum spokeswoman Susan McCrobie said the documentation also would provide necessary paperwork for more federal money and help promote the site as the state prepares for the sesquicentennial.
The attention could help bring more tourists to the area and may even benefit the military. The application says personnel “from Fort Knox and elsewhere can visit and study this battle site in the context of the current, urban combat operations overseas.”
Additional funding could come from the county Historical Society and local tourism bureau.
Museum chairman Tim Walker said he hopes the project is finished by spring.
Historians also are working to have Elizabethtown added to the Kentucky Civil War Sites Association.
Meanwhile, Walker said the museum is preparing a Union exhibit to complement the Confederate one, which includes an information panel about Hardin County soldiers.
“Now we need to tell the Union side,” Walker said.
Information from: The News-Enterprise, http://www.thenewsenterprise.com
Published in The Messenger 10.11.10