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Mike Watson: Camp Boyle Historical Marker Project

Text of presentation by Mike Watson to Columbia City Council - (See Complete REPORT)
on Monday, February 05, 2018, at City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY.

In an effort to obtain a Kentucky Historical Marker for the Civil War camp adjacent to the city of Columbia, Adair County, known as Camp Boyle, letters of recommendation are needed from citizens and officials.

Points of historical fact include:

Camp Boyle was located on the outskirts of Columbia, Adair County; today the bulk of the camp lies to the right of highway 55 North as one leaves Columbia toward Campbellsville.

Named for Brigadier General Jeremiah T. Boyle, who, in January 1862 was commander of the 11th Brigade of the Department of the Ohio, Federal Forces

In November 1861 the following were stationed around Columbia:
- 5th Kentucky Cavalry,
- 9th Kentucky Infantry,
- 19th Ohio Infantry,
- 59th Ohio Infantry,
- 3rd Kentucky Infantry
Colonel Thomas E. Bramlette, attorney, Commonwealth Attorney, Circuit Judge, resided in Columbia when the War began, organized and recruited the 3rd KY Infantry, and as such, and by right of seniority, was in command of the area until General Boyle was placed in command

The 9th Kentucky Infantry was organized in the fall of 1861, mustered into service 26 November 1861 at Camp Boyle, commanded by Col. Benjamin C. Grider. Many of the men who served in the 9th were citizens of Adair County

One company of the 3rd Kentucky Infantry was organized at Camp Boyle on 1 January 1862, the other companies having been organized at Camp Dick Robinson under Colonel Bramlette the previous October, mustered into service 8 October 1861

The 13th Kentucky Cavalry was organized at Camp Boyle in the fall of 1863 under Colonel James. W. Weatherford, of Casey County, and mustered into service on 23 December 1863 at Columbia. Many of the men who served in the 13th Kentucky Cavalry were from Adair and surrounding counties

This historical marker will preserve the history of Camp Boyle and will serve as a memorial to those men who spent time here, and will be a tribute to those who suffered and died for a cause in which they believed
For additional information: Michael C. Watson watson.kentucky@gmail.com; Adair County Public Library, Lee Ann Jessee; any Adair Heritage Association officer; and "Camp Boyle Project" Facebook page.

Adair Heritage Association serves as the clearing house for monetary donations and additional information collection: AHA, P.O. Box 963, Columbia, KY 42728; AHA is a 501(c)(3) group. - Mike Watson


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Mike Watson wins support of Council for Camp Boyle Marker



2018-02-06 - Columbia City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Mike Watson presents Camp Boyle Historical Marker plans Adair County Historian Mike Watson, repesenting the Adair Heritage Association, asked for and received Council approval to send a letter(s) of recommendation to the Kentucky Historical Society supporting efforts "to obtain a Kentucky Historical Marker for the Civil War camp adjacent to the city of Columbia, Adair County, know as Camp Boyle." Above, during his talk, he figuratively points, in describing the location for the marker. Click Readmore for text of presentation

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