Colonel A. P. Thompson

Historical Marker #963 in Paducah marks the death of Confederate Colonel A. P. Thompson, who was killed while attacking his hometown.

Born in Green County on March 3, 1829, Thompson was a Paducah lawyer who served as McCracken County's commonwealth's attorney. During the Civil War, Thompson commanded the 3rd Kentucky Confederate Infantry Regiment and was severely wounded at the Battle of Baton Rouge. By early 1864, his troops had been converted to mounted infantry, and Thompson led them in a brigade under Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

On March 25, 1864, while raiding Kentucky to strike Union supply lines, Forrest's command attacked Paducah. Thompson's men hit Fort Anderson, the main Union stronghold, and were forced back. Soon thereafter, Thompson was killed when an artillery shell exploded as it struck him. He was killed within sight of his home.

Initially buried in Paducah's Oak Grove Cemetery, he was reinterred at Bowman Graveyard near Murray. Thompson's immediate commander, fellow Kentuckian Abraham Buford, stated that Thompson "will long be remembered by all who knew his noble deeds and heroic death."


Fort Anderson, Paducah

Fort Anderson, Paducah

Confederate Colonel A. P. Thompson was killed after his troops attacked Paducah's Fort Anderson. Courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society. View File Details Page

Paducah, 1861

Paducah, 1861

An 1861 view of Paducah that shows a Union gunboat and soldiers on shore. The image originally appeared in "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper" in September 1861. Courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society. View File Details Page

Steamboat landing at Paducah, 1917

Steamboat landing at Paducah, 1917

This 1917 postcard depicts a steamboat landing at Paducah. The town is visible in the background. Courtesy the Kentucky Historical Society. View File Details Page

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