Remains of Civil War Fort at Boonesboro
In 1998, a historical treasure hidden within the hills of the palisades on the banks of the Kentucky River was introduced by The Winchester-Clark County Tourism Commission. The remnants of a Civil War earthen work fortification that over looked the Kentucky River at Boonesboro. Come and visit Remains of Civil War Fort at Boonesboro embark on scenic nature trail on a road that was constructed and once used by Union Soldiers.
Backstory and Context
The Union troops began building this fort in 1863 in order to defend the Kentucky River and the ferry. What makes this unique is that it was one of the forts that was built by African-American soldiers. They placed rock walls along the river to keep the Confederates out while they built the fort.
This strategy did not work, however. Confederate soldiers managed to cross the river, climb over the walls, and attack the fort. It put a halt to the building of the fort. The remains can still be visited today, and visitors can walk along the same path as the Union soldiers walked when they were building the fort.
After the fall of this fort, they built one a little further down the road called Fort Boonesborough. This ones remains still stand and can be visited also.