Fort Jefferson (Kentucky)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Fort Jefferson (Kentucky)
Chickasaw tribal land, Kentucky territory of Virginia, present-day site one mile south of Wickliffe, Ballard County, Kentucky
Type stockade
Site information
Controlled by Virginia
Site history
Built 1779
In use 1779–1781
Battles/wars American Revolutionary War
Return of the public stores (at Fort Jefferson), signed Martin Carney, approximately February 16, 1781

Fort Jefferson was a town on the Mississippi River about one mile south of Wickliffe, Kentucky in southwestern Ballard County.[1] The formal town was founded in 1858;[1] however, in 1779, George Rogers Clark built a stronghold of the same name at the intersection of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers in order to consolidate his forces and to control access to the Ohio.[2]

The original fort was occupied until 1781, and while the town itself no longer exists, the site is now home of the Westvaco paper factory.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Fort Jefferson, Kentucky". Kentucky Atlas & Gazetteer. 1994. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  2. ^ Ryan, Finley (2000-02-13). "Fort Jefferson, 1779". Retrieved 2007-05-29.