Mill Springs Mill

Off KY 90, Mill Springs, Kentucky


By JERRYE & ROY KLOTZ MD - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,




On January 19, 1862, Union forces led by Brig. Gen. George H. Thomas met and defeated Rebel forces under the command of Maj. Gen. George B. Crittenden in a battle in which Confederate Brig. Gen. Felix K. Zollicoffer was killed. The Confederate defeat at Mill Springs led to the collapse of Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston's defensive line in Kentucky, and forced Confederate authorities to alter their western strategy. Additionally, the Battle of Mill Springs was one of a string of Confederate setbacks, preceded by Middle Creek nine days earlier and followed by the Battles at Forts Henry and Donelson, that eventually culminated in the Battle of Shiloh in April 1862. These events resulted in Union control of Kentucky and most of West Tennessee. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, April 19, 1994

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 11, 1973
Reference number
Areas of significance
Industry; Commerce; Engineering
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Manufacturing facility
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899
Significant years
1877; 1907
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2

Update Log 

  • July 15, 2017: New photo from Bill Eichelberger