I’m a huge history buff so when I found out the city we were staying in had a civil war battlefield I rounded up the troops and hit the road.
Tebbs Bend Battlefield or Green River Bridge Battlefield is a 3-mile long loop road nationally registered site that contains 12 stops in Campbellsville, Kentucky.
It was here that in July 1863, an outnumbered Union force defeated that of Confederate Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan. The loop includes a 25th Michigan campsite, Federal hospital site, iron bridge over Green River, Federal stockade site, main battle site, artillery site and Confederate Monument and Cemetery. – www.civilwar.org
It was nearing dusk by the time we got to the battlegrounds, so we didn’t have a whole lot of time to explore. The tour is self-guided. Because of the lack of time it took us about 30-45 minutes to complete. That included the time we got out of our car to read the signs, walk the 2 bridges and visit the cemetery. I would plan on a solid hour so you can give yourself more time to read through the information centers at the stops.
History Of The Green River Bridge:
The first wooden bridge over Green River was burned by Confederate forces under Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s Christmas Raid. The construction of the second wooden bridge over Green River began May 1863. A temporary bridge was completed by June 1863, but heavy rains washed it away. Crews immediately began reconstructing it and in the fall of 1863 it was completed once again. After this second covered bridge was once again burned in January 1, 1907, a half-truss iron bridge was erected. This is the bridge you are seeing in the picture.
A Little Bit of Michigan History in Kentucky Here:
How To Get There:
If you GPS the address it will take you to the final stop in the self-guided tour. If you’re coming from town you will see a big sign when you get there. Follow the sign for the battlefield, not the GPS. The Tebbs Bend – Green River Nature Area Trail System will be right after you turn onto the road. You’ll see the Green River Iron Bridge on your right hand side and an informational kiosk . This is your first stop.
Make sure you take the time to get out of your car and walk the bridge. Explore the trails at the nature area if you have the time to. The trails go along the one mile frontage of the Green River which is rated forth in the United States for diversity of fishes and mussels. It is home to 70 species of freshwater mussels and 150 species of fishes, many of which are not found anywhere else in the world. The land is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Tebbs Bend Battlefield.
Some of the stops along your tour will be right in front of people’s houses. Although it is a little awkward, I assume that they’re probably pretty used to people parking in front of their houses and pulling over to read the signs. You will know you’ve reached the end of the tour when you get to the cemetery.
Tebbs Bend- Green River Bridge Battlefield:
2218 Tebbs Bend Road
Campbellsville, KY 42718