April 20, 2021
Whole Number 99
21.1.5 HENRY SPARKS (1753-1836) HONORED
Since 1949, the Kentucky Historical Society, with the help of the Kentucky Highway Department, has erected markers throughout the state indicating historical sites or incidents. On June 12, 1977, the Society unveiled a marker at Monterey, Owen County, Kentucky, near the homeplace of Henry Sparks (1753 -1836) who was a member of the bodyguard of General George Washington. The inscription on the marker is as follows:
GEN. WASHINGTON'S GUARD
3rd Corp. 21.1.5 Henry Sparks (1753-1836) was Revolutionary War soldier from Virginia; served with Commander-in-Chief's Guard, "the flower and pick of American army." While with this bodyguard, Sparks fought at the battles of Brandywine and Germantown. Discharged at Valley Forge in 1778. Came to Kentucky, 1795; settled in present Owen Co., 1800. Buried at Sparks Bottom.