GENERAL BRAXTON BRAGG AND THE 1862 INVASION OF KENTUCKY
APRIL 6, 7 and 8, 2017
Forty hearty attendees followed the footsteps of General Braxton Bragg as the Army of the Mississippi invaded Kentucky. The Embassy Suites Hotel in Lexington was terrific; the weather was gorgeous. Starting at Munfordville, the site of a brief but bloody engagement on September 14, 1862 and the surrender of the Union garrison there three days later, the tour followed Bragg to Bardstown where the group gathered in front of “Edgewood,” General Leonidas Polk’s headquarters where, in Bragg’s absence, the principal commanders of the army determined to disregard Bragg’s order to move the army toward Frankfort. A fabulous lunch was served at the Old Talbott Tavern.
The tour then traveled to the Old State Capitol at Frankfort where, in the House Chamber, Bragg inaugurated Richard Hawes as Confederate governor on October 4. The attendees then visited Perryville where the battle of October 8, 1862 was related in great detail. Visits to private properties, including Walker’s Bend, were specially arranged. Lunch was served at the marvelous Beaumont Inn in Harrodsburg. The battlefield tour continued after lunch and concluded at the Bottom House where everyone was invited inside to observe the bullet-riddled walls of the house. The tour ended at Camp Dick Robinson, the site where Bragg began his retreat back to Tennessee. A great time was had by all!