Gallatin County Items from
Collins' History of Kentucky
February 1, 1816 Company in Gallatin county incorporated to build steamboats and steam mill.
July 16, 1837 Gov. Morehead, at the request of President Jackson and of Maj. General Edmund P Gaines, issues his proclamation calling for 1,000 mounted Kentuckians, to rendezvous in Frankfort Aug. 17 to proceed to Camp Sabine, and protect the southwestern frontier.  Before August 3, 45 companies tender their services, but only 10 are accepted, one each from Franklin, Henry, Shelby, Madison, Harrison, Oldham, Gallatin, Woodford, Jefferson, and Fayette counties.
Sept. 3, 1845 Several of a gang of counterfeiters,  arrested at Warsaw, and committed to jail.
May 26, 1846 The 1st regiment of cavalry, Col. Humphrey Marshall, of Louisville. Lieut. Col. Ezekiel H. Filed of Woodford county, Maj. John P. Gaines, of Boone county, embraces the following companies:

8th  Gallatin co., Captain J. S. Lillard

[and 9 other counties across the state]

April 22, 1850 Burning of the steamboat Belle of the West, in the Ohio river, below Warsaw, Ky.  36 lives lost.
April 9, 1858 From the following 21 companies, Gov. Morehead selects by lot 10 to compose the regiment to be tendered to the U.S. War department for service in Utah.  [A Gallatin County company under Capt. Landrum is 14th, and was thus not selected.]
October 26, 1861 Skirmish in Gallatin county, about 8 miles from Warsaw.
Feb. 5, 1862 [Indiana Senator Jesse D. Bright, expelled from the Senate for acknowledging Jefferson Davis as President of the Confederacy, has all of his property confiscated by the Union.] Mr. Bright removed, not long after to Carrollton, Ky.; and represented Carroll and Gallatin counties in the Ky.  legislature from 1867 to 1871, when he declined a re-election. He is now (1874) a citizen of Covington.
July 28, 1864 Under General Sherman's instructions to General Burbridge, and partly upon Gen. Carrington's information to Gov. O. P. Morton, of Indiana, Gen. Burbridge orders the arrest of citizens, many of them leading and prominent, in many counties, among them the following:  . . . Gallatin Co. - Dr. A. B. Chambers, Garrett Furnish.
Sept. 1, 1865 Col. Geo. M. Jessee and his Confederates have almost complete control of Owen, Henry, Carroll and Gallatin counties, and are recruiting rapidly.
March 6, 1865 Mason, Boone, Nicholas, Campbell, Greenup, Gallatin, Bracken, Grant, Kenton, Butler, Carroll, Livingston, Lyon, Caldwell, Fleming, Oldham and Jefferson counties, and the city of Louisville, each authorized by special legislation to raise a bounty fund to aid enlistments and provide substitutes.
Sept. 20, 1866 The grand jury of Gallatin co. having found an indictment for murder against C. W. Ferris, U. S. mail agent on the steamer Gen. Buell, he is forcibly seized, when the boat lands at Warsaw, by 200 citizens who board the boat for the purpose, and is sent by the sheriff to the U.S. authorities to Louisville - the circuit court having transferred his case to the U.S. district court for trial.  He had been provost marshal at Warsaw, during the war, and was said to be instrumental in the execution of two guerillas by Gen. Burbridge.
Dec. 4, 1869 Collision, at 11 P.M., one mile above Warsaw, Gallatin co., between the magnificent Louisville and Cincinnati mail line steamers, United States and America; both boats took fire from the bursting of barrels of coal oil and whiskey, and burned to the waters edge; - people burned to death or drowned; values of the boats and freight destroyed about $250,000.
March 9, 1872 For the protection of sheep in the counties of Nicholas, Gallatin, and Fleming, all dogs therein taxed $1 for the first on each place, and $5 for each additional one - the proceeds to be applied to build schoolhouses or pay teachers.
April 9, 1872 Greatest flood in the upper Kentucky river since 1817; river rose 15 feet in 6 hours; over 20,000 saw logs, the property of poor people, floated off and lost. . . . Eagle Creek, in Grant, Owen, Carroll and Gallatin counties was 4 feet higher than ever known; great damage done.



from The History of Kentucky, by the Late Lewis Collins, Judge of the Mason County Court, Revised, Enlarged Four-Fold, and Brought Down to the Year 1874 by His Son, Richard H. Collins, A.M., LL.B.