The Battle of Richmond, Kentucky, was fought on August 29 and 30, 1862, resulting in quite possibly the most one-sided victory that either side had over the other during the entire conflict. Arkansas generals Patrick Cleburne and Thomas Churchill both performed well in the Confederate victory.

Recently, the Madison County, Kentucky, Fiscal Court, through its Historic Properties Division, along with the Battle of Richmond Association, erected an interpretive marker highlighting Brig. Gen. Thomas Churchill’s participation. A significant topographical area on the Richmond battlefield is known as Churchill’s Draw, where Churchill led his Arkansas and Texas troops against the unsuspecting  Federal forces.

Patrick Cleburne also has an interpretive marker at the Battle of Richmond Visitors Center marking his involvement in the battle and his career. Most of the area where Cleburne commanded is not open to the public because it is a U.S. Army ammunition storage facility.  Cleburne was seriously wounded in the early stages of the Battle of Richmond.

Churchill, a Louisville, Kentucky, native, went on to serve in the Trans-Mississippi Department, serving under his former commander at Richmond, Lt. Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith. Churchill, postmaster of Little Rock and politician, was elected state treasurer and later governor of Arkansas in the 1870s and 1880s.  He was buried in his Confederate uniform at his passing in 1905, and is buried in the Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock. 

For more information regarding the Battle of Richmond and Arkansas involvement, please call the Battle of Richmond Visitors Center at (859) 624-0013.

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