Kentucky Military History Museum
Just how rich is Kentucky’s military history? Let’s see…
Fact: Kentucky provided more soldiers in the War of 1812 than any other state and suffered approximately 60 percent of the war’s total casualties.
Fact: During the Civil War, Kentucky’s government declared the Commonwealth to be neutral –then sided with the Union. The state’s people were deeply divided, however, and approximately 35,000 Kentuckians actually fought for the Confederacy.
Fact: Since 1862, 60 Kentuckians have received the Medal of Honor, the highest military honor the United States government awards.
Fact: It’s obvious that Kentucky has a rich military history.
That history is both preserved and explained at the Kentucky Military History Museum. The State Arsenal for more than 100 years and a Civil War-era munitions factory, this Gothic Revival style building houses the exhibits “Kentucky Military Treasures” and “George M. Chinn: Sights Set on Innovation,” and 19th-century war records (available for use by appointment).
The Kentucky Historical Society operates the museum with the Kentucky Department for Military Affairs.