RICHMOND, Ky -

A marker has been placed on a Civil War battlefield in central Kentucky to recognize Michigan troops who fought and died there.

Michigan Historical Commission member Kimberly Johnson was among those who attended the weekend ceremony at the Richmond Battlefield.

Johnson told The Richmond Register that the group wanted to make sure the soldiers' sacrifice wouldn't be forgotten.

As the group raised money in Michigan for the marker, she said many people were surprised that troops from the great lake state fought a battle in Kentucky.

The battle happened in August of 1862 when more experienced confederate troops marched toward Michigan union troops who were outnumbered.

The Michigan artillery tried to turn back the rebel forces, but union soldiers ended up losing the battle.