U.S Army JAG Corp Celebrates 248th Birthday at Judge Joseph Holt Home
July 28th, 2023
Courtesy of WLKY.com:
"HARDINSBURG, Ky. — More than 100 members of the U.S. Army JAG Corp gathered in rural Breckinridge County on Friday. They were there to celebrate the 248th birthday of the JAG Corp and chose the home of one of the first Judge Advocate Generals, Joseph Holt.
Judge Holt served as the Secretary of War under President James Buchanan and is credited to be one of the key advocates for keeping the North and South from separating before the Civil War.
During the Civil War, President Lincoln appointed Holt to be The Judge Advocate General of the US Army, a position he served in for 14 years.
After Lincoln's assassination, Holt presided over the trial of the Lincoln assassination conspirators.
"[Being here] is hugely meaningful for us," said Col. Lance Turlington, Judge Advocate in Fort Knox. "But it should be recognized as a very meaningful place for all Kentuckians, all residents of Breckenridge County."
While Friday was a moment to recognize the beauty of the historic home, the work it took to save it wasn't easy. Susan Dyer, president of the Friends of the Holt Home, has spent the last three decades orchestrating the revitalization of the home.
"It has been a massive project for our rural community. We have had to teach preservation. We have had to teach our community of what we have in our backyard, a national treasure," said Dyer.
It took $3 million from 27 different grants, plus hundreds of hours of work to bring the three-story, 173-year-old home back to working condition.
"We had young people involved from our high school, we had tons of volunteers," said Dyer. "It just means the world to us to know that we've saved something that's irreplaceable."
Now that the Holt home has gotten the attention of the U.S. Army JAG Corps, Dyer hopes they'll consider making the historic place their National Meeting Place.
For more information on the Holt home, click here.