Governor Charles A. Wickliffe

Historical Marker #1604 in Bardstown notes the home of Governor Charles A. Wickliffe, one of several Kentucky governors who served in the War of 1812. Born near Springfield, Kentucky, in 1788, Wickliffe was a Bardstown attorney. There, he…

Spencer County, Kentucky

Historical Marker #837 in Taylorsville recognizes that Spencer County was named after a veteran killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe, which some consider to be the first battle of the War of 1812. Captain Spear Spencer moved to Kentucky from…

Russell County, Kentucky

Historical Marker #954 in Jamestown commemorates Russell County being named for a War of 1812 veteran. Born in Virginia in 1758, William Russell had been an officer in the Revolutionary War and had fought at the Battle of Kings Mountain before…

Pike County, Kentucky

Historical Marker #808 in Pikeville commemorates Pike County being named for a War of 1812 general who was killed in action. Born in New Jersey, Zebulon Pike joined the army in 1794 and fought on the frontier. An explorer, in 1805 he traced the…

McLean County, Kentucky

Historical Marker # 1123 in Calhoun notes that McLean County was named in honor of a War of 1812 veteran who became a state legislator. Born in North Carolina, Alney McLean moved to Kentucky when he was twenty years old. A surveyor in Muhlenberg…

Lawrence County, Kentucky

Historical Marker #886 in Louisa commemorates the naming of Lawrence County after a naval hero of the War of 1812. New Jersey native Captain James Lawrence had been in the U.S. Navy since 1798. He advanced steadily through the ranks, and, on June…

Jackson County, Kentucky

While many Kentucky counties are named for Bluegrass State residents who served in the War of 1812, Jackson County was named after President Andrew Jackson, who was a War of 1812 hero from Tennessee. Today, Historical Marker #1145 in McKee…

Daviess County, Kentucky

Some historians consider the Battle of Tippecanoe, fought in Indiana in November 1811, to be the unofficial beginning of the War of 1812. A casualty from that battle, Kentuckian Joseph Hamilton Daviess, was the namesake for Daviess County. …

Clay County, Kentucky

Historical Marker #836 in Manchester commemorates the naming of Clay County for Green Clay, a War of 1812 veteran. Born in Virginia, according to one biographer, Green Clay "moved to Madison County in the 1780s and established himself as one of…

John J. Crittenden

Historical Marker #1160 in Marion commemorates the namesake of Crittenden County, who was a War of 1812 veteran. John Jordan Crittenden was born in Woodford County in 1787. Called "one of Kentucky's great statesmen," he was governor of Kentucky,…

Owen County, Kentucky

Historical Marker #831 commemorates Owen County for being named after a casualty of the Battle of Tippecanoe, a fight that some consider to be the unofficial beginning of the War of 1812. Born in Virginia in 1769, Colonel Abraham Owen moved to…

Meade County, Kentucky

Historical Marker #845 in Brandenburg commemorates the naming of Meade County after a War of 1812 casualty. James M. Meade of Woodford County saw active service throughout the early nineteenth century. As a member of the 17th United States…

Hickman County, Kentucky

Historical Marker #895 in Clinton commemorates Hickman County being named for a War of 1812 casualty. Paschal Hickman moved to Kentucky in 1784. The family settled in Frankfort, and Paschal's house was supposedly "near the railroad tunnel" there.…

Leestown, Kentucky

Historical Marker #103 in Frankfort commemorates Leestown, a supply base during the War of 1812. The former site of Leestown, located near Wilkinson Boulevard in Frankfort , was first surveyed in 1773. Although pioneers visited the area, in 1775…

Ballard County, Kentucky

Historical Marker #826 in Wickliffe notes the naming of Ballard County after a War of 1812 veteran. Born in Virginia in 1761, Bland Ballard moved to Kentucky in 1779. He quickly saw military service on the frontier, fighting Native Americans. …

Allen County, Kentucky

Historical Marker #760 in Scottsville commemorates the naming of Allen County after Colonel John Allen, a War of 1812 casualty. Born in 1771 in Rockbridge County, Virginia, Allen's family moved to Kentucky when he was a child. Allen studied law…

Olympian Springs

Historical Marker #1342 in Bath County commemorates the site of Olympian Springs, a famous resort that was a War of 1812 camp site. Originally known as Mud Lick Springs, the springs' supposed medicinal properties made it a popular site. In the…

Remember the Raisin!

Historical Marker #508 in Georgetown commemorates the Battle of the River Raisin, a War of 1812 battle that led to the deaths of dozens of Kentucky soldiers. On August 15, 1812, Kentucky volunteers rendezvoused in Georgetown before marching into…

Hart County, Kentucky

Historical Marker #43 in Munfordville commemorates the establishment of Hart County, which is named in honor of a War of 1812 veteran. Nathaniel Hart was born in Maryland and moved to Lexington in 1794. In Kentucky, Hart owned a rope factory and…

Shelby County, Kentucky

Historical Marker #1238 recognizes Shelby County being named for Kentucky's first governor, Isaac Shelby, who was also a War of 1812 veteran. Born in Maryland in 1850, Shelby fought in Lord Dunmore's War and the Revolutionary War. In 1780, he…

Dr. Samuel Brown

Historical Marker #1595 in Fayette County recognizes Dr. Samuel Brown, a Lexington chemistry professor and physician who aided America's war effort during the War of 1812. A Virginia native, Brown was exceptionally well-educated for his time,…

Metcalfe County

Historical Marker #799 in Edmonton commemorates the naming of Metcalfe County for Kentucky Governor Thomas Metcalfe, who was a War of 1812 veteran. Born in Virginia in 1780, Metcalfe lived in Fayette County before settling in Nicholas County. He…

Perryville, Kentucky

Historical Marker #1284 in Boyle County highlights the community of Perryville and notes that this town was named after a War of 1812 veteran. Originally established in a cave located near the Chaplin River, Perryville was first called Harberson's…

William Bratton

Historical Marker #1194 at the Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort commemorates William Bratton, a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition who later served in the War of 1812. Born in Virginia in 1778, Bratton moved to Kentucky with his…

Letcher County, Kentucky

Kentucky Historical Marker #809 recognizes Letcher County being named for Governor Robert P. Letcher, a War of 1812 veteran. Born in Virginia in 1788, Letcher moved with his family to Garrard County. After studying law, he opened up a practice in…

John Littlejohn

Historical Markers #871 and #2275, both in Logan County, commemorate the life and burial site of John Littlejohn, the "Guardian of the Declaration of Independence" during the War of 1812. Born in England in 1756, Littlejohn immigrated to America…

Edmonson County, Kentucky

Historical Marker #797 in Brownsville commemorates Edmonson County being named for a War of 1812 veteran. Born in Virginia in 1764, John Edmonson was a Revolutionary War Veteran who fought with Virginia militia at the Battle of Kings Mountain in…

George Croghan

Historical Marker #2086 at Locust Grove in Louisville commemorates the family of George Croghan, a War of 1812 veteran. Born in Louisville in 1791, George's mother, Lucy Clark Croghan, was the sister of George Rogers Clark and William Clark (of…

Graves County, Kentucky

Historical Marker #869 in Mayfield commemorates the establishment of Graves County, which was named in honor of a War of 1812 veteran. Major Benjamin Franklin Graves was born in Virginia in 1771. He moved to Kentucky with his family at age…

General Joseph Winlock

Historical Marker #1409 in Shelby County commemorates soldier and statesman General Joseph Winlock. During the Revolutionary War, Winlock joined the American army at age eighteen. Although he enlisted as a private, he quickly moved through the…