24 May 2009
Louisa KY - There is a state marker on the courthouse square for Garfield’s organizing a supply point. Fort Bishop / Fort Gallup / Fort Hill state marker is on Route 32 between Route 3 and Route 23.
Prestonsburg KY - Middle Creek Battlefield outside of town has markers about 5 miles north of the battlefield on Route 23 South. The battlefield entrance is on Route 114 just before Route 404 intersection. Note three bridges (two on Route 114 and also on Route 404) are named after the commanders or the battle. The battlefield is a nice private battlefield well mown, well marked, good signage, and maps. Very enjoyable.
Prestonsburg KY - Samuel May House was closed the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, but looks like a good restoration by the city of Prestonsburg.
Ivy Mountain Monument - Between Prestonsburg and Pikesville on west side of Route 23. Small tasteful memorial to battle here.
Pikeville, KY - is a beautiful city with signage for Garfield’s promotion to brigadier general and rise to the presidency in the City Park. One block south of the terminus of Second Street on Huffman Avenue.
The Pound Gap Battle state marker is at the top of Pound Gap on the state line of Kentucky and Virginia on Route 23.
I stayed at May Springs Campground outside of Morristown TN. The location of Cherokee Lake was beautiful.... (However,) I will never stay there again.... The Cumberland Gap National Park campsites are fabulous. Stay there if possible instead.
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