Glen Conner

The Burial Ground

During the Civil War, the area now called Dumont Hill near Scottsville, Kentucky, was sequentially used as a transient camp for several thousand Union soldiers beginning in 1862. Almost all of them came from the Midwestern states of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. No major battles were staged in the area, but diseases claimed the lives of 57 of those Midwestern men who camped there. Eleven other soldiers died in Scottsville after the last encampment on Dumont Hill. Of the total of 68 soldiers who died, 63 were laid to rest in the Scottsville Burial Ground. Following the war, the National Cemetery System was developed, and the remains from the Scottsville Burial Ground were reinterred in the Nashville National Cemetery. The exact location of the Scottsville Burial Ground was later lost to time…its hallowed ground forgotten. 

Glen Conner

Glen Conner is enjoying his third career of his interesting lifetime. His first career was in the U.S. Air Force. He retired as a Colonel after 23 years of service that included a Vietnam tour. Soon after that retirement, he began his second career when he joined the faculty in the Department of Geography and Geology at Western Kentucky University (WKU). During the next 24 years he taught meteorology and physical geography, was the State Climatologist for Kentucky, and founded the Kentucky Climate Center. Following his retirement from WKU, Glen began his third career as a writer. Glen is a member of his local Historical Society, researches historical records, compiles data, and writes about what intrigues him. The intrigue this time was a Civil War burial ground that somehow was lost to local oral history.

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