Brandenburg in Meade County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Capture of the Alice Dean
óJuly 7, 1863 ó
The Confederates in Brandenburg placed one cannon on East Hill and second on West Hill. Shortly after lunchtime July 7, 1863 the mailboat John T. Combs arrived and docked at the foot of main street. The Confederates stormed the boat and captured it without firing a shot. The Confederates then moved the John T. Combs to mid-stream where they hoisted distress flags. The Alice Dean, a luxury boat carrying passengers to Louisville came into sight. The side-wheel packed owned by the Dean Company of Cincinnati, Ohio shifted course and came alongside the John T. Combs to offer assistance. The Confederates boarded the Alice Dean and took control, again without firing a shot. The boats were lashed together and steamed into the Brandenburg dock. All passengers were put ashore with a warning not to raise the alarm. The Confederates treated the passengers of both boats with the utmost respect;
Alice Dean. The Alice Dean was less than a year old when captured by Morgan. It was a 411-ton wooden hull sidewheel packet boat built in Cincinnati. Her captain was James Pepper.
Capt. Samuel B. Taylor ē Capt. H. Clay Meriwether
Taylor and Meriwether, both of the 10th Kentucky Cavalry, were onboard the John T. Combs when they captured the Alice Dean. They had been sent ahead by Col. Adam r. Johnson with orders to capture boats for the Ohio River crossing.
Erected by Kentucky Heartland Civil War Trails Commission. (Marker Number 38a.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Kentucky marker series.
Location. 38° 0.311′ N, 86° 9.984′ W. Marker is in Brandenburg, Kentucky, in Meade County. Marker is on Water Street 0.1 miles east of Main Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in River Front Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 146 Water Street, Brandenburg KY 40108, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Rest at Otter Creek (here, next to this marker); Big Joe Logsdon Underground Railroad Statue (within shouting distance of this marker); Flint for the Hunt (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Meade County Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Morgan ~~ On To Ohio (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early Meade County Leader / Meade County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Louisville, Kentucky Confederate Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brandenburg.
Categories. • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
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