A view from the River.
By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Thursday, August 11th, 2011 9:00 AM CST
To be straight up there isn’t much to see here in terms of actual things from the Civil War. Mainly due to the fact it’s still a functioning boatlanding. There is however a great exhibit displaying the images of the past hospital and what the soldiers went through health wise.
The Barren River was a major contributing factor to making Bowling Green a strategic location for both armies. The river offered a plentiful supply of fresh water for the troops and it was an ideal way to move men and supplies quickly and efficiently. This area was protected by the cannons of Fort Baker.
Nearby was one of several military hospitals located in the Bowling Green area. This hospital was used first by the CSA and then by the Federal Army. Bowling Green’s hospital was safely behind the battle lines, which made it a key spot for recovery for both armies. 65% of the men who died during the Civil War died due to illness (i.e. Typhoid, Measles, Malaria, Yellow Fever, Scurvy, Dysentery, Pneumonia and Flu).
The death toll of the Civil War was numbered in the 650,000 of both Confederate and Union Soldiers. The death toll from this war is larger than all other wars combined in the United States History even the inclusion of the Revolutionary war. Over 400,000 soldiers died from disease and illness, not war wounds.
If you want to skip ahead to get more detail or start learning more today, check out the Civil War Trail (website link for trail) via the Convention and Visitors Bureau or Kentucky Museum on WKU’s Campus.
Past Civil War 150: