Kentucky, according to Union President Abraham Lincoln, was the key to the West. In 1861, both the Federal and Confederate armies marched into the state. Logan's Crossroads was one of the battles that determined the fate of the neutral state of Kentucky.

The battle at Logan's Crossroads happened in southeastern Kentucky, not far from the towns of Somerset and Nancy. Logan's Crossroads was a battle of many names: another name was Fishing Creek and another Mill Springs.

The Union forces had 40 killed, 207 wounded and 15 captured. The Confederates losses were 125 killed, 309 wounded and 99 captured.

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Fishing Creek
Logan's Crossroads
19th January 1862

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This photograph was taken from the site of the Logan homestead looking south. The 1st Ohio Artillery was camped in these fields and further to the front the 10th Indiana Infantry. The battle took one of its many names from Logan's Crossroads and the town nearby its name from his wife, Nancy.

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General Zollicoffer advanced the 15th Miss. along the road from the ferry, the 19th Tn. to the left(west) of the road, and the 20th Miss. across these fields to attack the Federal battle lines.

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The 10th Ind. Infantry and 1st Ky. Cavalry were the Federal left and located in this tree line. As ammunition ran low they were in danger of being flanked and the 4th Ky. Infantry reinforced the Union left.

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