Fort Webb LbNA # 36895
|Placed Date||Nov 24 2007|
|Location||Bowling Green, KY|
|Found By||Team JSABAIL|
|Last Update||Aug 31 2014|
Kentucky was of such great strategic importance, that Abraham Lincoln stated in an 1861 letter, “I think to lose Kentucky is nearly the same as to lose the whole game.” With Kentuckians divided between North and South, the state adopted a policy of neutrality at the beginning of the Civil War. The status ended in early September 1861, when Confederate troops under General Gideon Pillow seized the Mississippi River town of Columbus, Kentucky. The Union army under General Ulysses S. Grant responded by taking the cities of Paducah and Smithland, Kentucky. Fully realizing its importance to the Southern cause, Confederate General Simon Bolivar Buckner led approximately 4000 troops to occupy Bowling Green on 18 September 1861.
Now located in a city park, Fort Webb has retained its original configuration since the time it was constructed by the Confederate army. A historical marker explains its unusual earthworks which were described as a “lunette fort with embankments” and three mounted cannon.
To get to the fort, take Riverview toward Beech Bend.
Turn Left at Country Club Drive between two stone columns (not a private drive)
Fort Webb will be on your on the left
Park in the small lot and read about Fort Webb and the Civil War Earthworks.
***Please do not step on the Earthworks. It will destroy them.
Make your way around the rocks and up the wooden staircase. Follow the trail around and into the woods. The trail will curve back and forth along the way. Pay close attention to where it seems to Y. Go left and through the barbed wire fence. A moss covered log marks the way. Step over the fallen tree and stand beneath the tree that doesn't know which way to grow. Look to your left. You will see two fallen trees. Go to where tree meets rock and look under the small pile of movable rocks. To avoid the thorn bushes, go up the left side and reach over.
Please double bag logbook and rehide box well.