From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Civil War Fort at Boonesboro

The Civil War Fort at Boonesboro, Clark County, KY was constructed in 1863 by African American Union soldiers who also manned the fort. The structure was designed to protect a ford and ferry from Confederate invasion during the Civil War.

With the passing of time the land was purchased by Jim and Betty Nickels, the fort becoming part of their farmland. For seven years the Winchester, KY Tourism Commission strove to raise money to buy the land and repair the fort.

On July 21, 2005 the Civil War Fort at Boonesboro was reopened as part of the 2005 Kentucky Civil War Heritage Trail. The fort is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

For more see C. Kirby, "A Historic Piece of High Ground - Clark County Promotes Site of Civil War Fort," Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/22/2005, City&Region section, p. B1; "Civil War Fort at Boonesboro" at; and the Fort's website.

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