Mill Springs Battlefield Commemorates Memorial Day Weekend

Experience captivating ranger-led programs at Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument on May 25, 2024. You will be able to see wartime experiences of Civil War soldiers and the evolution of Memorial Day.

From 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., engage in hands-on interactive sessions exploring soldiers’ enlistment, uniforms, and equipment, followed by Civil War artillery drills with the park’s reproduction cannon.

Join interpretive programs on the history of Memorial Day and a special presentation titled “The Frightful Horrors of Battle: Soldiers Lost at Mill Springs.”

The park’s Visitor Center and museum will have special holiday hours on May 27, 2024, from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., coinciding with the Mill Springs National Cemetery commemorative ceremony. For event details, contact the park or visit their website.

All activities, including parking, are complimentary and open to the public. Explore the story of the first decisive US victory during the American Civil War at Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument, a moment that continues to shape the nation today. Visit for more information.

Disclaimer: This above news story is based on a press release from the National Park Service, which was issued on May 16, 2024. You can read the original release here.

About Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument

When you visit Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument, you’re transported back to a critical moment in American history. This site, located in Nancy, KY, commemorates the first decisive Union victory during the Civil War. Without question, this played a significant role in shaping the nation’s future. As you explore the park, you’ll encounter well-preserved battlefields, informative exhibits, and monuments that tell the story of the fierce battle that took place here on January 19, 1862.

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Battle of Mill Springs in Nancy, KY

Start your journey at the Visitor Center, where you can delve into the history through interactive displays and artifacts. The museum provides a comprehensive overview of the battle, showcasing uniforms, weapons, and personal items from soldiers who fought there. Rangers are on hand to answer your questions and offer insightful information about the battle and its impact.

Take a guided tour to walk the actual grounds where the Union and Confederate forces clashed. As you move through the battlefield, you’ll see key locations like the Confederate encampment and the spot where General Felix K. Zollicoffer fell, a pivotal moment in the conflict. The tours often include detailed narratives from knowledgeable guides who bring the events of that cold January day to life.

The park also features several memorials dedicated to the soldiers who fought and died at Mill Springs. These monuments serve as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made and the bravery displayed by both sides. You can pay your respects and reflect on the cost of the war at these solemn sites.

Throughout the year, Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument hosts various events and reenactments that provide deeper insights into Civil War history. These events include ranger-led programs, living history demonstrations, and special commemorations that connect you to the past in a tangible way.

Whether you’re a history buff, a student, or someone looking to understand more about America’s past, Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument offers a profound and educational experience. By visiting, you honor the memory of those who fought here and gain a greater appreciation for the complexities and consequences of the Civil War.

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