Presidents, Battles, and Must-See Civil War Destinations

Presidents, Battles, and Must-See Civil War Destinations

Exploring a Kentucky Divided
Cameron M. Ludwick and Blair Thomas Hess, photographs by Elliott Hess
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-03896-8
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As a border state and strategic territory, Kentucky was fiercely contested by the Union and the Confederacy and had ties to both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. Kentucky natives and adventure aficionados Cameron M. Ludwick and Blair Thomas Hess plot the course for a fun-filled road trip through history and across the Bluegrass State in Presidents, Battles, and Must-See Civil War Destinations.

Ludwick and Hess make planning a trip to historic Kentucky easy by exploring the history and stories behind each major site and highlighting nearby attractions you won't want to miss. Featuring step-by-step guidelines and exclusive tips on sites, monuments, and attractions from presidential homes to the best modern re-enactments, Presidents, Battles, and Must-See Civil War Destinations helps the whole family experience and enjoy history together.

Author Bio

Cameron M. Ludwick is a bookworm, trivia nerd, and former band geek who still relies on the survival skills she learned at Girl Scout camp to cope with nature. A Kentucky native, she now has bigger hair and lives in Austin, Texas.

Blair Thomas Hess is a born-and-bred Kentuckian who once won a sack-the-pig contest at the Trigg County Country Ham Festival. She resides in Frankfort, Kentucky, with her daughter and her picture-taking, bourbon-collecting husband.

Together, these long-time friends travel across the Commonwealth of Kentucky, exploring its various wonders and uncovering its best-kept secrets. They share these secrets in the My Old Kentucky Road Trip books, which include The State of Bourbon and Famous Kentucky Flavors. Follow the adventure at and on Twitter (@MyOldKYRoadTrip) and Instagram (@myoldkentuckyroadtrip).


“Cameron M. Ludwick and Blair Thomas Hess take the reader on a very personal, very interesting, and very enjoyable tour of the Bluegrass State and its Civil War roots, which are still deeply embedded in Kentucky. Theirs is a fascinating look into the myths and realities of life, then and now, in a commonwealth where the conflict truly was the Brothers' War.”
 — James C. Klotter, The State Historian of Kentucky

“Reading Presidents, Battles, and Must-See Civil War Destinations should be a useful initial step for those planning their first family trip through Kentucky's Civil War backroads.”
 — Civil War Books and Authors

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Table of Contents

Part I: The Presidents

A Road Trip to Hodgenville to Visit the Lincolns

Sidebar: Presidents at the Lincoln Birthplace

Other Monuments to Abe in Kentucky

A Road Trip to Lexington to Visit the Todds

A Road Trip to Fairview, Birthplace of the Other First President

Part II: The Battles

Rules for Reenactments

A Road Trip to Western Kentucky’s Battlefields

The Battle of Columbus

The Battle of Sacramento-Green River

The Battle of Munfordville

A Road Trip to Eastern Kentucky’s Battlefields

The Battles of Camp Wildcat and Mill Springs

The Big Sandy Expedition and the Battle Ivy Mountain

Sidebar: "Bull" Nelson

The Battle of Middle Creek

A Road Trip to Perryville, The Largest Civil War Battle in Kentucky


John Hunt Morgan’s Road Trip (By Horse)


Part III: Kentucky War Stories

Kentucky’s Confederate Capital

Kentucky’s Civil War Governors

Simon Bolivar Buckner

A Road Trip to the Other Fort Boonesboro

African American Soldiers in Kentucky During the War

The Words of War

William Wells Brown

A ‘True American’