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Scottsville in Allen County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Preparing for Morgan's Cavalry

Confederate Invasion of Kentucky

 

— October, 1862 —

 
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By Tom Bosse, July 5, 2019
1. Preparing for Morgan's Cavalry Marker
Inscription.  In early October Morgan’s cavalry swept through the Trammel Community in search food and supplies. Some, such as John Howard Morgan and his mother, Isabella, who were relatives of John Hunt Morgan and were sympathetic to the southern cause, willingly parted with their goods. Others had food and supplies taken from them. When Major Younger Hyder Holland, a resident of nearby Allen Springs, heard about the raid on Trammel he began to prepare his farmstead for the Confederates arrival.

Holland left two hogs in the pig pen and drove eight others deep into the woods. He took two oxen, a mare, and three of his five milk cows to a cave. After tying the animals to rocks he disguised the entrance to the cave with rocks and brush. While Holland took care of the livestock his son, Tandy, went to warn the neighbors. His daughter, Mary Lavender, hid the family’s best clothing, blankets and quilts in the attic, covering them with cornshucks and pieces of old carpet. The whole family gathered food and staples from the cellar, smoke house and kitchen. They concealed the goods in a pit under the floorboards of the saddle and tack room
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By Tom Bosse, July 5, 2019
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that had been dug just for this purpose.

The Confederate raiders arrived just as the skies began to darken. They gathered what provisions they could find, which was not a great deal thanks to the family’s careful preparations. The raiders then tied a white blanket over Major Holland’s shoulders and put him on a white horse. Forcing Holland to ride in front of them as protection they began the journey south. On the road the band met the Allen County Home Guard, who fired on them. The Confederates abandoned Holland and raced for the Tennessee line, escaping capture.

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Younger Holland was forced by the Confederate to act as a human shield. The white blanket they made him wear made him more visible. Holland, a Baptist minister, survived the experience and continued to serve the community for many years after the war.

Major Younger Hyder Holland in a post-war photograph
 
Erected by Kentucky Heartland Civil War Trails Commission. (Marker Number 01.)
 
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 month for this entry is October 1862.
 
Location. 36° 50.083′ N, 86° 19.139′ W. Marker is in Scottsville
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3. Major Younger Hyder Holland
, Kentucky, in Allen County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Allen Springs Road and Bowling Green Road, on the right when traveling east on Old Allen Springs Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Scottsville KY 42164, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mt. Union Church / M.J. Bonner (approx. 1.8 miles away); Trammel Fork Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 4.1 miles away); Old Union Church (approx. 6.6 miles away); The Army’s Shopkeeper (approx. 8.3 miles away); Union Regiments at Scottsville (approx. 8.4 miles away); A City of Tents (approx. 8.4 miles away); Ebenezer Dumont (approx. 8½ miles away); Lilly’s Artillery (approx. 8½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scottsville.
 
Gen. John Hunt Morgan, C.S.A. image. Click for full size.
4. Gen. John Hunt Morgan, C.S.A.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 12, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 68 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on April 9, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. 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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