Thursday, August 7, 2014

150th Anniversary of the Battle of Salem

Today marks the 150th anniversary (7 August 1864) of the Battle of Salem, in which a handful of Union soldiers repulsed an attack from 300 Confederates and guerrillas on the main street of Salem. The battle lasted six hours and left 2-3 Union soldiers dead or dying and ended the lives of a larger number of Confederate soldiers.

As battles go, it was a small one, but it is believed to have been the only one fought on Livingston County soil during the Civil War.  The only public acknowledgement of this battle can be found on an historical sign on U.S. 60 in Salem.

To read more about the battle in an earlier post on my blog, go here: Battle of Salem

Published 7 August 2014, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

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