Dedication on Saturday for a historical marker recounting Caldwell County’s only Civil War skirmish
A historical marker recounting the story of Caldwell County’s only Civil War skirmish has been restored to the county by a local heritage group and will be dedicated this weekend.
The members of Princeton’s Jim Pearce Camp No. 2527, Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) marked their 10th anniversary this year by raising over four thousand dollars to replace two missing Kentucky Highway Historical Markers at locations in Caldwell and Trigg Counties.
In Caldwell County, historical marker number 751, known as “Ranger Leader Blinded,” relates the wounding and blinding of Confederate Cavalry General Adam “Stovepipe” Johnson at Grubb’s Cross Roads. This is near the present-day intersection of Hopkinsville and Friendship Roads in Caldwell County. Confederate General Johnson, along with 1700 Partisan Rangers, were seeking recruits and supplies when they learned of Union troops under General E. H. Hobson camped at Grubb’s
Cross Roads. On August 21st, 1864 Johnson attacked. In the skirmish that followed, Johnson was
wounded, losing sight of both eyes. Confederate troops soon retreated back to Paris, Tennessee.
The replacement marker was recently erected on the property of Pat O’Donnell at the Hopkinsville-Friendship Roads intersection. It stands adjacent to the “Skirmish at Grubb’s Cross Roads” marker restored by the Jim Pearce Camp in 2010.
On Saturday afternoon at two, the new “Ranger Leader Blinded” marker will be formally dedicated in a brief ceremony by the Jim Pearce Camp with the public invited to attend. More information can be found by watching our interview with Zach Cummins, member of the Jim Pearce Camp, below.