Bardstown in Nelson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Twenty-Five Damned Yankees
The Great Raid
— July 5-6, 1863 —
After the initial assault, Capt. Sheldon demanded the Union troops' surrender. Lt. Sullivan rejected the demand and the battle resumed and continued all evening. To prevent the trapped Union soldiers from escaping, Capt. Sheldon had his men stretch ropes across the street. The Confederates even tried to set the stable on fire, all to no avail. The Union soldiers put out the fire and continued to resist the Confederates.
Just before daylight on Monday morning, July 6, 1863, Gen. John Hunt Morgan arrived from Springfield. Capt. Sheldon was sent into the stable, again demanding that the Union troops surrender. Sheldon flatly told the lieutenant "If you refuse, we will blow you to hell with our artillery."
At this point Lt. Sullivan knew his situation was hopeless. Carrying a flag of truce, Sullivan emerged from the building. Col. Richard Morgan immediately rebuffed him: "Go back, you have already refused these terms twice. You have no right to demand them now." With no other choice, Sullivan returned to the stable and prepared for the Confederate attack. Morgan then sent in a flag of truce and demanded that the Federals unconditionally surrender, which they did. Gen. Morgan fussed after the soldiers had filed out, "You twenty-five damned Yankees have cost me twenty-four hours." Shortly afterward, about 10 a.m., Morgan's command left Bardstown on the Shepherdsville Road, heading northwest, toward the Ohio River.
Erected by The Kentucky Heartland Civil War Trails Commission.
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
Location. 37° 48.681′ N, 85° 27.962′ W. Marker is in Bardstown, Kentucky, in Nelson County. Marker is at the intersection of North 3rd Street (U.S. 31E/150) and Blackberry Alley, on the right when traveling north on North 3rd Street. Marker is next to the sidewalk in front of the Luckett & Luckett Insurance Company. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 221 North 3rd Street, Bardstown KY 40004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lafayette Hotel (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust Co. (about 600 feet away); Benedict Joseph Flaget (about 700 feet away); Parc Billom (about 700 feet away); John Fitch Memorial (about 700 feet away); Successful Surgery (about 800 feet away); County Named, 1784 (about 800 feet away); Confederates Here (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bardstown.
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