Sunday, November 6, 2011

Weston Bluff - Civil War Site

                  Weston Bluff Skirmish

This Civil War Marker was placed near the foot of the Weston Bluff in the year 2005.  It was one of three markers set in Crittenden County to mark Civil War actions sites.  It was suppose to be part of the Ohio River Civil War Heritage driving tour.  Although I don't believe this project created much activity in our county.

There is no documented evidence that Federal garrison occupied any point in our county, but guerrilla activity was sustained within the county, the largest being an attack on a Federal transport troop at Weston in June 1864.

Confederate forces, positioned on the bluff at Weston fired upon the steamboat Mercury as it passed northward.  The Mercury was carrying the 7th Ohio Infantry, which returned fire from the boat.  The captain refused to land the boat, citing orders not to do so in Kentucky, so there was no pursuit of the Confederate forces or a larger engagement.  The skirmish is noted on the National Register of Historic Places.

View of the Ohio River from atop the Weston Bluff.

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