Author: Glen Conner
Hardcover: 96 pages
Product Dimensions: 6” x 9”
Retail Price: $14.95
During the Civil War, the area now called Dumont Hill near Scottsville, Kentucky, was sequentially used as a transient camp for several thousand Union soldiers beginning in 1862. Almost all of them came from the Midwestern states of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.
No major battles were staged in the area, but diseases claimed the lives of 57 of those Midwestern men who camped there. Eleven other soldiers died in Scottsville after the last encampment on Dumont Hill. Of the total of 68 soldiers who died, 63 were laid to rest in the Scottsville Burial Ground.
Following the war, the National Cemetery System was developed, and the remains from the Scottsville Burial Ground were reinterred in the Nashville National Cemetery. The exact location of the Scottsville Burial Ground was later lost to time...its hallowed ground forgotten.
In The Burial Ground, historian and author Glen Conner provides detailed information on the men who died at Dumont Hill, Scottsville, or in Allen County. He located where their remains now lie and identified the location of the Scottsville Burial Ground.
May our soldiers rest in peace.
GLEN CONNER is enjoying his third career of his interesting lifetime. His first career was in the U.S. Air Force. He retired as a Colonel after 23 years of service that included a Vietnam tour. Soon after that retirement, he began his second career when he joined the faculty in the Department of Geography and Geology at Western Kentucky University (WKU). During the next 24 years he taught meteorology and physical geography, was the State Climatologist for Kentucky, and founded the Kentucky Climate Center.
Following his retirement from WKU, Glen began his third career as a writer. He wrote his first book, ‘Til Freedom Came. It was the history of slaves and slavery in a border county of a border state. That book received a publication award for 2011 from the Kentucky Historical Society. His second book was Frontiersmen in the War of 1812. It recounted stories about the militiamen who left the frontier in Kentucky to fight battles at the River Thames in Canada and at the war-ending battle at New Orleans. That book also won the Kentucky Historical Society’s publication award in 2016.
Glen is a member of his local Historical Society, researches historical records, compiles data, and writes about what intrigues him. The intrigue this time was a Civil War burial ground that somehow was lost to local oral history.
“My organization has the responsibility for the collection and preservation of local history, and to make it available to our citizens. This book precisely fits our mission in that it presents the results of original historical research, focuses on local historical events, and preserves them as a book. I am delighted to add Burial Ground to our library shelves.”
—Debbie Stamps, President, Allen County Historical Society
Burial Ground is an important addition to the Civil War military history body of knowledge. Its focus is on Union soldier deaths from causes other then combat. The devastating impact of disease on the fighting forces at one location illustrates the widespread impacts at other places. Everyone with interest in military history can enjoy this book.”
—Robert E. Harrison, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired)
“As a person interested in local history, a Civil War re-enactor and as owner/publisher of Scottsville and Allen County's local newspaper, I was delighted with this book. Conner's excellent research and compilation will fit very well into our efforts to preserve Dumont Hill as a historical site, and to help current and future generations learn and understand its important history. The Burial Ground will be an important reference for scholars of both Civil War and Kentucky history for the foreseeable future.”
—Matt Pedigo, Owner/Publisher of The Citizen-Times, and President of the Friends of Dumont Hill
Glen Conner wins the
2018 Kentucky History Award of Distinction
Presented to a non-paid
individual who, as a volunteer, board member, or member of an organization, has
made a significant contribution to state and local history during his/her
career at one or more museums, historical societies, genealogical societies or
other history-related organizations.
Proceeds from the sale of this book will also help other communities and organizations preserve their history through Our American Heritage Project, a non-profit organization.