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23rd Psalm for Genealogists
L.D. Buckner
2002 Trip

Friday, Sept. 13 - Traveling to Kentucky

Sara, Annis and Mom picked me up in Charleston, and we headed to Louisville, where we went first to the home of Pamela and Charles (Butch) Shive. Sara and Annis split off and went to the airport to meet Jane-Ann and bring her back. We had lunch and visited with Pam (Butch had gone off to the horse barns at Churchill Downs.)

Jane, Roberta, Pam
Jane-Ann, Roberta, Pam

After departing Pam's place, we stopped at the city cemetery in Jeffersontown to see a memorial marker to the martyred Confederate soldiers, including Lindsey Duke Buckner.

We stopped near the place where he was executed, in an area between current-day Taylorsville Road and Hollyview Court. During a trip to Kentucky in 2001, I spoke with 86-year-old Mr. R. W. Schmidt, who took me directly to the spot in Jeffersontown where the execution occurred. (Mr. Schmidt's family once owned the land where this occurred. They bought it from the Leatherman family in 1890, and the Leathermans owned it at time of the execution.)

Mr. Schmidt showed me the area across the street from the present-day Jeffersontown Community Center. He pointed out the faint traces of an old road, "the Old Heady Trail," where a firing squad lined the men up and shot them. The bodies were first were buried in shallow graves just a few hundred yards up the hill, which he also indicated. The townspeople were afraid to do any more until a few days later, when some women in Jeffersontown requested permission to give the bodies a proper burial in the city cemetery. Two of the men remain buried at the cemetery today, and there is a marker with the names of all four men inscribed on it. At some point -- no one seems to remember exactly when -- the remains of Lindsey Duke Buckner and William Blincoe were claimed by family members who buried the men elsewhere in Kentucky.

Marker in Jeffersontown City Cemetery
Stone in the Jeffersontown City Cemetery

Mr. R. W. Schmidt
Mr. R. W. Schmidt, at the site of the execution of L. D. Buckner and 3 other Confederate soldiers, Jeffersontown, KY. According to Mr. Schmdit, whose family once owned the land where the execution occurred in 1864, the prisoners were shot alongside the road and buried in a shallow grave nearby until ladies of Jeffersontown petitioned authorities to allow a proper burial of the men. This photo was taken in October 2001.

Site of execution of Confederate prisoners
The site of the execution of L. D. Buckner and 3 others Confederate soldiers, Jeffersontown, KY. Faint traces of an old road (the Old Heady Trail) can be seen in the photo. Mr. Schmidt indicated that the execution occurred near the stand of cedar trees in the distance in this photo. (2001 photo)

From Jeffersontown, we drove to Campbellsville, KY, and checked in to the Holiday Inn Express and had dinner at a nearby steakhouse.

map of Jeffersontown, KY

Map of Jeffersontown, KY

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