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Mackville in Washington County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Morgan in Mackville

First Kentucky Raid

— July 13, 1862 —

Morgan in Mackville Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 6, 2019
1. Morgan in Mackville Marker
Inscription.  John Hunt Morgan and his men arrived in Mackville on Saturday evening, July 12, 1862, following raids on Lebanon and Springfield. Shortly after their arrival a skirmish ensued between Morgan’s men and the Home Guard. The Home Guard took two Confederates prisoner and severely wounded another. Morgan took two local Union men captive.

Around 1925 a local historian, Marshall Hall, recorded eyewitness accounts of Morgan’s stay in Mackville.

The Confederates arrived in town wearing beautiful ladies’ hats with waving plumes and blowing streamers that were stolen from a millinery shop. Morgan and his men spent time at the Old Hotel in a barroom where Bob Reed, the bartender, served them whiskey. Not only did Morgan and his men enjoy the spirits, they knocked the heads out of whiskey barrels, poured the whiskey in large buckets and tried to make their horses drink it.

Women preparing food at the Methodist Church for an all day service the next day fled and left everything when they heard of Morgan’s arrival. Morgan and his men feasted on the bounty of abandoned food and later Morgan was overheard saying that he and his
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men, "had heard of ‘the land of milk and honey,’ but this was the first time they had found it."

Before Morgan left Mackville the following morning an exchange of prisoners took place between the Confederates and the Home Guard. After the exchange Morgan rode north, to Harrodsburg.

Legend has it that before leaving town, Morgan and his men drank all of the wells dry, including three deep wells – one well is about 500-1000 feet down Main Street from the community center on the right, the other is about 500-1000 feet on the left.

Mackville Hotel was also know as Thompson’s Hotel or simply the Old Hotel. It was built by Bob Reid in 1820. The building was razed in the 1970s.

Mackville Methodist Church as it appeared about the turn of the 20th century.
Erected by Kentucky Heartland Civil War Trails Commission. (Marker Number 31.)
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 13, 1862.
Location. 37° 44.148′ N, 85° 4.215′ W. Marker is unreadable. Marker is in Mackville, Kentucky, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Mackville Hill Road
Morgan in Mackville Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 6, 2019
2. Morgan in Mackville Marker
(Kentucky Route 152) and Mackville Elementary School Drive, on the right when traveling east on Mackville Hill Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10651 Main Street, Mackville KY 40040, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Starkweather's Wall: Highwatermark of the West (approx. 6.6 miles away); Defense of Parsons’ Ridge (approx. 6.7 miles away); Starkweather’s Hill (approx. 6.7 miles away); Dixville Crossroads (approx. 6.7 miles away); On this Spot Brig. Gen. James S. Jackson Fell (approx. 6.7 miles away); Illinois Soldiers at Perryville (approx. 6.7 miles away); a different marker also named Defense of Parsons’ Ridge (approx. 6.7 miles away); The Cornfield (approx. 6.7 miles away).
Gen. John Hunt Morgan, C.S.A. image. Click for full size.
3. Gen. John Hunt Morgan, C.S.A.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 12, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 482 times since then and 145 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 12, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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