Michigan at Tebbs Bend
During the first week of July 1863, while the people of the North and the South focused their attention on Gettysburg and Vicksburg, five Michigan companies defended the bridge across the Green River here at Tebbs Bend. They were members of the Twenty-fifth Michigan Volunteer Infantry, (Colonel Orlando H. Moore commanding), First Brigade, Second Division, Twenty-third Army Corps, Army of the Ohio. On the morning of July 4, 1863, Confederate cavalry troops under the command of General John H. Morgan attacked the 260 well-entrenched Michigan volunteers. After the Michigan troops repelled eight attacks, Morgan retreated from this locale. However, his troops continued to raid through Kentucky and Indiana before the last remnants were captured in Ohio.
The Twenty-fifth Michigan Volunteer Infantry was organized at Kalamazoo and mustered into service in September 1862 under the command of Colonel Orlando H. Moore. The companies of the regiment that fought here were:
Company D, recruited at Three Rivers;
Company E, recruited at Galesburg;
Company F, recruited at Niles;
Company K, recruited at Buchanan.
When ordered by General John H. Morgan to surrender, Colonel Moore replied, "This being the Fourth of July, I cannot entertain the proposition of surrender." Total casualties for the Twenty-fifth Infantry were six killed and twenty-four wounded. Eighty-one Confederate troops fell, including twenty-two commissioned officers.
Registered Local Site No. 1515
Property of the State of Michigan, 1988
Erected 1988 by Holland-Zeeland,Michigan Civil War Roundtable. (Marker Number L1515C.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 4, 1863.
Location. 37° 13.817′ N, 85° 20.8′ W. Marker is near Campbellsville, Kentucky, in Taylor County. Marker is on Tebbs Bend Road, 0.2 miles west of New Columbia Road (Kentucky Route 55), on the left when traveling west. 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. Independence Day - 1863 (here, next to this marker); "Nobly Did They Die" (here, next to this marker); Confederate Artillery PositionMorgan's Demand for Surrender (approx. half a mile away); "No Day to Surrender" (approx. 0.7 miles away); Battle of Green River Bridge (approx. 0.7 miles away); Confederate Hospital (approx. 1.2 miles away); Federal Stockade (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Campbellsville.
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