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Shelbyville in Shelby County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Blockhouse / Martin's Raid

 
 
Martin's Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 14, 2019
1. Martin's Raid Marker
Inscription.  
The Blockhouse
Built in 1858 by townspeople for civil defense against guerrillas. Located in middle of intersection. Measured 12 by 18 feet with loopholes on all sides. Manned by townsmen when alarm sounded. Several encounters with gangs attempting to raid town. Torn down in 1870 when civil law and order were assured, and marauders had been dispersed.

Martin's Raid
In August 1864 Capt. David (Black Dave) Martin and gang attempted raid on courthouse to secure guns stored there. Thomas C. McGrath, merchant, J. H. Masonheimer, tailor, and others defended town against raiders. Three guerrillas were killed, and McGrath wounded. Mission failed. Martin died in 1896 and was buried in Grove Hill cemetery.
 
Erected 1967 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1089.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 38° 12.651′ N, 85° 12.952′ W. Marker
The Blockhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 14, 2019
2. The Blockhouse Marker
is in Shelbyville, Kentucky, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 60) and 5th Street on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Main Street, Shelbyville KY 40065, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Founder Capt. William Shannon (a few steps from this marker); Shelby County WWI Honor Roll (a few steps from this marker); Shelby County, 1792 (within shouting distance of this marker); Squire Boone's Station, 1779 (within shouting distance of this marker); Lewis and Clark in Kentucky 1806 Return of Expedition / Death of Meriwether Lewis (within shouting distance of this marker); The Armstrong Hotel (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Science Hill School (about 500 feet away); Birthplace of Governor Augustus Owsley Stanley / Stanley-Casey House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shelbyville.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesNotable BuildingsWar, US Civil
 
View of marker towards the Shelby County Courthouse. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 14, 2019
3. View of marker towards the Shelby County Courthouse.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 19, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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