Caldwell County

The Jim Pearce Camp has the honor to serve Caldwell County Kentucky.
Here we will share many of the historical sites and items that the County has to offer.
Monument on Court Square Princeton
CSA Monument on Court Square Princeton

Inscription Reads:
 C. S. A. In Memory of Confederate Soldiers and the Cause for Which They Fought 1861 - 1865 Erected by Tom Johnson Chapter U. D. C. Our Heroes Deeds and Hard Won Fame Will Live 1912.



 
Kentucky Historical Society Roadside Marker located on the Northwestern side of the Courthouse in Princeton.

Courthouse Burned

Gen. Hylan B. Lyon with 800 men invaded KY., Dec. 1864, to enforce CSA draft law and divert USA from Nashville. In 23 days he burned seven courthouses used by Union forces. See map on reverse side. US troops fled Princeton as Lyon came from Eddyville. Courthouse burned on Dec. 15. Records saved. Next day, Lyon stopped US force, then moved toward Madisonville.




In 2018 we were successfully in raising the funds to have a Kentucky Historical Society Roadside Marker recast and remounted.

The marker is number 751 in the KHS Database.

Located at 6 miles Southeast of Princeton on KY 91, South side of road. 

It reads:
Ranger Leader Blinded

Confederate Gen. Adam R. Johnson with 1700 Partisan Rangers were in area seeking recruits and supplies. Learning of Union troops under Gen. E. H. Hobson camped at Grubb's Cross Roads, Johnson attacked, Aug. 21, 1864. In the skirmish that followed, Johnson was wounded, losing sight of both eyes. CSA became demoralized and retreated to Paris, Tennessee.

We will be conducting a rededication ceremony October 20th, 2018  for this marker.


In 2010 we were successful in raising funds to have a Kentucky Historical Society Roadside Marker repainted and relocated.

The marker is number 1830 in the KHS Database.

Located 6 miles Southeast of Princeton on KY 91, on the South side of the roadway.

It reads:
Skirmish at Grubb's Crossroads

Most Caldwell County Confederates enlisted in Gen. Adam Johnson's Co. K, 10th Ky. Partisan Rangers. His purpose was to gather recruits and supplies, to secure state for CSA. In August, 1864, he attacked a Union regiment here, was blinded permanently. Rangers then retreated over Cumberland and Tennessee rivers to Paris, Tenn., where they reorganized for another Ky. raid.