Mill Springs

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Mill Springs,

village, on the Cumberland River, S of Frankfort, SE Ky.; site of the opening battle of the Kentucky-Tennessee campaign of the Civil War and the first important Union victory in the West. On Jan. 19, 1862, the Union forces of Gen. George Thomas repulsed a Confederate attack led by Gen. George Crittenden at Logan's Crossroads, 10 mi (16 km) north of the river; E Tennessee was thus left open to a Union advance.