The American Civil War was one of the most pivotal events in the history of the United States. The preservation of the nation fell to the newly elected sixteenth President from Illinois, Abraham Lincoln. Born in a one room log cabin near Hodgen's Mill, Kentucky on February 12, 1809, it was his early formative years in Kentucky between 1809 - 1816 that helped mold the boy into the man that came to be the savior of the nation. Established as a National Park in 1916, Abraham Lincoln National Historic Site preserves the early years of Lincoln's life with the enshrinement of a "symbolic" cabin in a neo-classic Memorial Building on the site where he was born.
West Point, Kentucky | This fort was constructed under the orders of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman in 1861, demonstrating the importance Union command placed on Kentucky from the early days of the conflict.