Fort Jefferson (Kentucky)

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Fort Jefferson (Kentucky)
Chickasaw tribal land, Kentucky territory of Virginia, present-day site one mile south of Wickliffe, Ballard County, Kentucky
Site information
Controlled byVirginia
Site history
In use1779–1781
Battles/warsAmerican 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]

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][3]

The original fort was occupied until 1781. The formal town was founded in 1858.[1] The town itself no longer exists, the site is now home of the Phoenix Paper mill.


  1. ^ a b "Fort Jefferson, Kentucky". Kentucky Atlas & Gazetteer. 1994. Retrieved 2007-05-29.
  2. ^ Ryan, Finley (2000-02-13). "Fort Jefferson, 1779". Retrieved 2007-05-29.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Fort Jefferson (Kentucky)

Coordinates: 36°57′11″N 89°05′23″W / 36.95306°N 89.08972°W / 36.95306; -89.08972