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TIME TRAVEL: Reader would like to witness Civil War skirmish on Burkesville ST

In answer to the Cyrus Poll, "What event in Adair history would you like to have witnessed?", a reader who wishes to remain anonymous suggested an event:

July 3, 1863, the Confederate/Union troop skirmish on Burkesville ST

Hundreds of rebel soldiers hiding behind the brow of the hill (Hurt St.), while a lone Union captain rides down Burkesville Street. He is shot and turns his horse at full gallop back to the Square. A gun battle of at least 30 minutes ensues on Burkesville Street, between Rebel and Federal forces.

The small Union force is driven out of Columbia and a Confederate Victory celebration is held on the Square.

The Union captain who had been shot died in the hotel at the corner of Greensburg St. and the Square.

The thought that Civil War troops were actively engaged in battle on Burkesville Street, were positioned around the area that was later the Columbia High School and actually had a victory celebration on the Square is thrilling to me.

I would wish to have observed from a safe distance, of course.
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Scenic Adair CO, KY. History: Wayside Marker commemorates July 3, 1863 skirmish



2006-01-28 - Columbia, Adair CO, KY - Photo staff. A wayside marker commemorates the skirmish between a large Confederate force of 2,500 and the 150 Union defenders of Columbia on July 3, 1863. The marker is located on Burkesville ST between Tutt and Hudson Streets, just off the Gate gas station parking lot.
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