Two Judge Advocate General officials and a Kentucky Supreme Court Justice will speak at the Fifth Annual Holt Home Community Day at Hardinsburg Sept. 28.
Col. Frederic L. Borch, retired Regimental Historian and Archivist of the Judge Advocate General School in Charlottesville, Va., will be the keynote speaker. Other key speakers will include Judge Advocate General Dana K. Chipman and Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton. The 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. program will include the Kentucky Historical Society’s mobile museum and learning lab, a wreath–laying ceremony by the United States Army Cadet Command of Fort Knox and period music by the 113th Army Band quintet, the Kentucky Home Guard Band and Guilderroy Byrne Band. Also featured will be portrayals of Judge Joseph Holt and President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln, plus Civil War re-enactors of the 12th Regiment Colored Heavy Artillery from Camp Nelson who will be firing their cannon along with the Ninth Michigan Volunteer Infantry.
Col. Borch has served as JAG historian-archivist since 2006 and is the only full-time military legal historian in the Department of Defense. He was a military attorney in the JAG Corps from 1980-2005 and, following his retirement as a colonel, he was Clerk of Court in the Eastern District of North Carolina prior to accepting his current position. He is an alumnus of Davidson College where he received his bachelor’s degree in history and earned his juris doctor degree in the University of North Carolina Law College.
Lt. Gen. Chipman, a West Point graduate, was named Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army in 2009. Prior to that, he commanded the JAG Legal Center and School in Charlottesville. He received his juris doctorate from Stanford Law School.
Judge Minton, a Bowling Green resident, was sworn in as the fifth Chief Justice of Kentucky in 2008 after serving two years as a justice on the Supreme Court. His fellow justices re-elected him for a second term as chief justice in 2012. He’s a Western Kentucky University graduate and received his law degree from the University of Kentucky.
The Holt Home was constructed circa 1850 during the time of Judge Holt’s national service in Washington from 1857-1875. The Breckinridge County native served as Commissioner of Patents (1857), Postmaster General (1859) and Secretary of War (1860) under President James Buchanan before being named the nation’s first Judge Advocate General by President Lincoln in 1862. His most memorable role as JAG came when Holt presided over the 1865 trial of the Lincoln assassination conspirators.
The Holt Home and surrounding 19.5 acres were acquired by the Breckinridge County Fiscal Court in 2008. The 6,225-square-foot mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Friends of the Holt Home coordinates fund-raising efforts and events for the property.
The Holt Home is located at 6205 Highway 144 in Hardinsburg. Additional information is available at www.jholt-houseky.org or by calling 270/756-2269 or 270/756-2573.