HARDINSBURG, Ky. — Over 100 members of the Judge Advocate Legal Services family gathered on the grounds of the historic Judge Joseph Holt Home in Hardinsburg July 28 to observe the 248th Birthday of the JAG Corps.
During the celebration, they took advantage of the location to conduct a leadership professional development opportunity on the contributions and legacy of Holt.
Participants included legal representatives from V Corps, 1st Theater Support Command, U.S. Army Cadet Command, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Human Resources Command, First Army Division East, 100th Training Division, the Kentucky National Guard, Indiana National Guard, and Ohio National Guard, 139th Legal Operations Detachment from Nashville, Tennessee, Fort Knox Trial Defense Services, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell and the Breckenridge County High School Junior ROTC program.
A native Kentuckian, Brevet Maj. Gen. Joseph Holt was appointed The Judge Advocate General of the Army by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862. He famously oversaw the courts-martial of the Lincoln assassination conspirators and served in the position until 1875.
Holt was instrumental in keeping Kentucky aligned with the Union throughout the Civil War.