The Trials and Tribulations of the Body of Abraham Lincoln
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On January 19, 1862, Confederate and Union forces clashed in the now-forgotten Battle of Mill Springs. Armies of inexperienced soldiers chaotically fought in the wooded terrain of south-central Kentucky as rain turned bloodied ground to mud. Mill Springs was the first major Union victory since the Federal disaster of Bull Run. This Union triumph secured the Bluegrass State in Union hands at a critical time, opening the large expanses to Tennessee for Federal invasion. Although smaller when compared to later battles, Mill Springs was a fight of great consequence. The Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky details this important action which lifted Union morale. From General Felix Zollicoffer meeting his death by wandering into Union lines to the heroics of General George Thomas, Civil War historian Stuart Sanders chronicles this important battle and its essential role in the war.
Stuart W. Sanders is former executive director of the Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association. He is also the author of Perryville Under Fire: The Aftermath of Kentucky’s Largest Civil War Battle (The History Press). He has contributed to several other books, and has written for Civil War Times Illustrated, America’s Civil War, and other publications. He is currently a public history administrator in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
This program will be held January 16 at 12:00 noon at The Filson Historical Society, 1310 S. Third Street, Louisville. This event is free for members, $10 for non-members. Reservations are suggested to assure seating. Call The Filson at (502) 635-5083 or visit www.filsonhistorical.org.
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