Near Campbellsville in Taylor County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
The builder of the home, Joel Dupuy Atkinson, was dead by the time the war broke out. His widow, Virginia Griffin Atkinson, still lived here. A daughter, Martha Rebecca Atkinson, married James Madison Griffin in 1858, and they came to live with her mother during the war.
The house was located 440 yards from the site of the Battle of Tebbs Bend at Green River which occurred on Saturday morning, July 4, 1863. Engaged in the 3 1/2 hour bloody battle were three regiments of Confederate cavalry under Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and five companies of 25th Michigan Infantry, commanded by Colonel Orlando H. Moore. After the battle, many of the dead and injured Confederate soldiers were brought here.
The most seriously injured soldiers were placed on the porch. Men drilled holes in the porch floor to allow the blood to run through
That the situation was critical for Confederate forces is evident from the fact that General Morgan left behind three surgeons, W. B. Anderson, J. F. Keiser, and Edwin M. Sheppard, to care for the wounded. They, along with other captured Confederates, were subsequently taken by the Federals to the Louisville Military Prison.
The W.W.F. Atkinsons, who lived nearby, were Confederate sympathizers. As son was born during the Civil War, the future Dr. Jefferson Lee Atkinson. However, no one in the family revealed his name until after the war. He was simply called, "Brother."
Pvt. Bennett H. Young, Co B, 8th Kentucky Cav, wrote: "Outside the disaster at Buffington Island...the darkest day that ever came to General Morgan's division was this sad 4th of July."
Lt. James H. Ferguson, Co B, 5th Kentucky Cav, was severely wounded and left a prisoner here. When sufficiently recovered, he was sent to Johnson's Island, Ohio, where he remained until the end of the war.
Pvt. James Polk Tribble, Co B, 11th Kentucky Cav, was brought here after the battle. He named his first child after the family because they cared for him so well.
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 series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 4, 1863.
Location. 37° 14.687′ N, 85° 20.148′ W. Marker is near Campbellsville, Kentucky, in Taylor County. Marker can be reached from Lake Road, 0.6 miles east of New Columbia Road (Kentucky Route 55), on the right when traveling north. Marker and cabin are located in the Green River Lake Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Campbellsville KY 42718, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Morgan's Demand for Surrender (approx. one mile away); "No Day to Surrender" (approx. 1.1 miles away); Battle of Green River Bridge (approx. 1.1 miles away); Independence Day - 1863 (approx. 1.2 miles away); Michigan at Tebbs Bend (approx. 1.2 miles away); "Nobly Did They Die" (approx. 1.2 miles away); Confederate Artillery Position (approx. 1.2 miles away); Federal Hospital (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Campbellsville.
Also see . . . Tebbs Bend-Green River Bridge Battlefield Association. (Submitted on October 31, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 22, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 577 times since then and 55 times this year. Last updated on February 2, 2019, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 22, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.