The past will be revisited Saturday in downtown Stanford with the city's first-ever Civil War tour. The free event will feature stops along various sites where stories of Lincoln County's role will be told.
Participants will meet at the historic L&N Depot and board horse-drawn wagons. The tours begin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Each is expected to last two hours.
At the courthouse, a speaker will discuss the role that local African-Americans played in the conflict.
The tour will then travel to Nancy Hill's house on Danville Avenue, where the 6th Kentucky Confederate Cavalry was mustered in at the site in September 1862. James W. Alcorn was the Adjutant General for the 6th Kentucky Cavalry and built the house following the war. The 6th Kentucky Cavalry featured a large number of men from Stanford, Crab Orchard and Preachersville.
The final stop will be at the law offices of Mike and Lori Sims. The story of Union Maj. James Bridgewater, commander of the Halls Gap Battalion, will be told. Bridgewater was a lieutenant in the 3rd Kentucky Infantry under Capt. Harbert King of Crab Orchard. Later, Bridgewater became a member of the Secret Service, and in January 1865 organized the Halls Gap Battalion, which included men from the southern end of Lincoln County.