|Death: ||Oct. 27, 1861|
Served in Co. A, 17th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry
Granville Allen was the first Kentucky Union soldier to die in combat during the war--in a skirmish on October 27, 1861. A Kentucky GAR Post named after Private Allen dedicated a memorial plaque to him.
On October 27, 1861, Union forces in Owensboro received word of Confederate troop advancements in the Green River area. Shortly thereafter, Union infantry and cavalry units intercepted a Confederate reconnaisance mission in Woodbury. The Union cavalry positioned itself for attack but withdrew to Cromwell's Ferry, fearing Confederate reinforcements.
The Granville Allen grave site is in a rural area of Ohio County called "Arnold". It is in the far east end of the county. The cemetery is named the "Arnold/Leach Cemetery". In Morgantown there is a monument carved out of the side of a rock wall. The monument marks the spot where Granville Allen was killed. It was carved out I believe just before 1900. It was done by some of the local Civil War veterans that were members of the "Granville Allen GAR Post" in Morgantown.
Viril Stewart was assigned to take the body to Granville's wife and parents and he made the statement: "This was one of the hardest things I have ever done; to bring Granville's body home."
John Henry Allen (1861 - 1911)*
Maintained by: Sons of Union Veterans o...
Originally Created by: Karen
Record added: May 06, 2009
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