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5 Fun Facts About September 28 In Kentucky History

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1. In 1863, Union forces under General Ambrose Burnside defeated Confederate forces under General John W. Frazer in the Battle of Blountville. The battle took place near Saltville, Virginia, but many Kentucky troops fought on both sides.

2. On September 28, 1918, Sergeant Archibald A. Mathies earned the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism in World War I. Mathies was born in Kentucky and enlisted in the United States Army in 1917. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Battle of the Meuse-Argonne.

3. The Kentucky Women's Club was founded on September 28, 1894. The organization, which is still active today, was formed to promote education and social reform for women in the state.

4. In 1959, the University of Kentucky opened its new Chandler Medical Center campus in Lexington. The facility included a new hospital, research labs, and classrooms for the university's medical school.

5. On September 28, 1955, the historic Mammoth Cave National Park in south-central Kentucky was expanded by over 5,000 acres. The addition included new caves and underground waterways, and helped to preserve one of the world's largest known cave systems for future generations.
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