Battle of Barbourville
153rd Anniversary
September 19-20, 2015

Welcome to the Battle of Barboursville, Kentucky where the War Between the States claimed its first casualties on both sides. Lt. Robert Powell of the 19th Tenn. Vol. Inf. C.S.A. (first Confederate Officer killed on Kentucky soil) also Pvt. John Hendrickson of the Barboursville Home Guard U.S. died defending his home. Barbourville, Ky. as it is now known was sited for two very important reasons, the first armed conflict resulting in deaths of soldiers in both armies. Every third weekend in September at Hickory Minton Farm on South 225 the time slips back to that early foggy morning when 30 Barboursville Home Guards took a stand and tried to repel 800 advancing Confederate troops attempting to destroy Camp Andy Johnson a Union recruiting camp located in the city. The home guardsmen heard the approaching army and removed planks from the bridge leading into town, they fired their muskets into the fog and the conflict began.


Join us for this year's event
September 19-20, 2015
Minton Hickory Farm
Barbourville, Kentucky




Saturday, September 19
Gates open at 10am
Battle begins at 2pm

Sunday, September 20

Gates open at 10am
Battle begins at 2pm

From South U.S. 25 E turn left at 2nd light, going into Barbourville, go left to US 225 S at the cemetery drive to the battle site about 3/4 mile on right.

If coming from the North, go to the 3rd red light and turn right into Barbourville, then left on 225 S.

Follow the signs.

While in town, make sure to visit the Barbourville Civil War Interpretive Park dedicated in 2008 to commemorate and preserve this very important piece of our local history.  The interpretive park is located at the intersection of Cumberland Avenue and Daniel Boone Drive in Barbourville.


Contact Ron Bowling at

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This event is hosted by the 5th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry Unit

Company's "D, E & F"



Note: This is Private Property so please respect it. Anyone caught defacing, any item, building or stealing items and/or misuse will be escorted off site immediately by Law Enforcement Officials.

1. This is a dry county...Thus alcoholic beverages are not allowed.

2. No Pets Please, keep them at home for their safety!

3. The Event chairman and his Staff has the right to disallow any item, activity or person deemed unsafe or inappropriate.

4.NO TENTS TO BE SET UP BEFORE CHAIRMAN AND STAFF APPROVE. All camps will have designated sites.

5. Please keep all modern items hidden.

6. ALL Safety rules will be followed.

7. No firing of weapons during Church service.

8. Minimum age to carry a weapon is 14 no exceptions( Insurance forbids it)

9. Fire pits will be dug and sod replaced.

10. Quiet time is 11 p.m. Please enforce this and have respect for others.