The superintendent of the Civil War battlefield at Richmond, Kentucky, was recently recognized by the Kentucky Historical Society.
Phillip Seyfrit received the 2011 Frank R. Levstik Award for Professional Service during a ceremony at the Old State Capital in Frankfort in November.
Seyfrit has supervised many of the projects related to the Battle of Richmond since taking the position of Madison County Historic Properties Director in late 2007, including overseeing the opening of the new Battle of Richmond Visitors Center in 2008.
In addition to being recognized the Kentucky Historical Society, Seyfrit was also awarded the Pinnacle Award by the Kentucky Museum & Heritage Alliance earlier in the year.
Seyfrit was named by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to Kentuckys Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission in 2010.
The Battle of Richmond, fought on August 29/30, 1862, pitted Confederates under Major General Edmund Kirby Smith against Federal Major General William “Bull” Nelson. The fight resulted in a complete rout of the Federals, leaving most of central Kentucky in the hands of the Confederates during the Confederacys advance into that critical border state in late 1862.
Seyfrit is also the program chairman for the Madison County Civil War Roundtable, as well as president of the Central Kentucky World War II Roundtable.