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Datebook: January 19 – Battle of Mill Springs Kentucky 150 Years Ago

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The Battle of Mill Springs was fought in Wayne and Pulaski counties on January 19, 1862, as part of the American Civil War. It concluded an early Confederate offensive campaign in eastern Kentucky. While considered a small battle in comparison to many that followed in the Civil War, the battle at Mill Springs was the second largest in Kentucky (only Perryville had higher casualties). It was also the first significant Union victory of the war, much celebrated in the popular press, but was soon eclipsed by Ulysses S. Grant’s victories at Forts Henry and Donelson.

It’s Thursday, January 19

The 75th annual Campus Lights production, Titanic the Musical, takes place at Lovett Auditorium tonight through Saturday at 7:30PM and on Sunday at 2:30. Admission is $10 for adults, or $7 for students and children under 12. Find more information on the 75th Annual Campus Lights Facebook page.

Fort Donelson hosts a Civil War Roundtable tonight at 7 at the Cumberland Room of the Stewart County Visitor Center. Historian Karel Lea Biggs presents a program entitled “Life in Occupied Tennessee.” The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact John or Nikki Walsh at 931-801-4530.

The Friends of the McCracken County Public Library host a used book sale tomorrow and Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Paducah. Hours are Friday from 9 to 7 and Saturday from 9 to 1. All proceeds help the McCracken County Public Library.

Find more information about these and other community events online at wkms.org. Thanks for listening!

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