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Near Belmont in Bullitt County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Stockade at Belmont

Great Raid

— July 6, 1863 —

Stockade at Belmont Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 5, 2018
1. Stockade at Belmont Marker
Inscription.  By early December 1862 stockades had been constructed along the L&N at Shepherdsville, Bardstown Junction, Belmont and Cain Run, just north of Lebanon Junction. These wooden fortifications were designed to protect against an attack by cavalry or infantry; they were not, however, designed to withstand artillery.

In July 1863, Lt. W.F. Henderson was in command of the detachment of the 63rd Indiana manning the stockade at Belmont. Henderson probably had about 30 men under his command. As Morgan approached, Henderson received word from his commander, Capt. D. Morris to abandon the stockade at Belmont. Morris was concentrating his forces at Shepherdsville because Fort DeWolf, which mounted artillery, had the best chance of standing up to an attack by Morgan. Henderson and his men climbed aboard the northbound train and rattled toward Shepherdsville and safety, six miles north.

Unfortunately for Lt. Henderson and his small command, they reached Bardstown Junction, just 3 ½ miles north of Belmont, to find that Morgan and his 2,500 troopers had already arrived. No matter how brave the little band of Union soldiers might have
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been it was pointless to resist. They surrendered to Morgan and were later paroled.

As Morgan’s men moved through Kentucky in July 1863 they burned bridges and destroyed railroad track, disrupting the Union supply network and delaying pursuit.

The stockade shown here was in Washington D.C. This stockade is similar to the one at Belmont, Cain Run and Bardstown Junction. It was constructed of upright logs with loopholes cut at the top to enable the defenders to fire their rifles at attacking forces. Stockades were very vulnerable to artillery fire, which Morgan and almost every other Confederate cavalry force had. The stockades quickly proved inadequate and were soon replaced with earthen forts that mounted artillery. Fort DeWolf in Sheperdsville was a result of the upgrading process.

Morgan sent detachments of his command along the railroad in all directions to wreck track and confuse the pursuing Union army. The play worked. For the most part the Union command had no idea of where Morgan was or where he was going.
Erected by Kentucky Heartland Civil War Trails Commission. (Marker Number 33.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Kentucky
Stockade at Belmont Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 5, 2018
2. Stockade at Belmont Marker
series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 6, 1863.
Location. 37° 53.799′ N, 85° 42.001′ W. Marker is near Belmont, Kentucky, in Bullitt County. Marker is at the intersection of Preston Highway (Kentucky Route 61) and Belmont Road (Kentucky Route 251), on the left when traveling north on Preston Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lebanon Junction KY 40150, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Belmont Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. ¼ mile away); Salt River Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 2.2 miles away); Action at Bardstown Junction (approx. 3 miles away); Lebanon Junction (approx. 4.7 miles away); Sherman Here (approx. 4.7 miles away); Mystery Cemetery (approx. 5.7 miles away); Morgan - On To Ohio (approx. 6.1 miles away); Fort DeWolf (approx. 6.1 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker contains an obvious typo in the subheading: "July 6, 1963"
Gen. John Hunt Morgan, C.S.A. image. Click for full size.
3. Gen. John Hunt Morgan, C.S.A.
Morgan's Raid Route image. Click for full size.
4. Morgan's Raid Route
Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 329 times since then and 69 times this year. Last updated on September 4, 2018, by T. Patton of Jefferson, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 18, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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