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Near Campbellsville in Taylor County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Morgan Held Prisoner In Pleasant Hill Church

Morgan Held Prisoner at Pleasant Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, October 13, 2016
1. Morgan Held Prisoner at Pleasant Hill Marker
Inscription.  September 1861
Morgan caught smuggling Confederate uniforms

After Confederate forces occupied Columbus, a city in far western Kentucky, President Lincoln proclaimed that commercial trade with the Confederacy be stopped.

Southern-leaning John Hunt Morgan, a Lexington hemp producer, ignored the blockade. He, along with four companions, attempted to take two wagonloads of jeans used for Confederate uniforms through the federal blockade. Their route to Tennessee brought them down the old Lexington-to-Nashville Road, which ran by this church. Taylor County Home Guards caught the smugglers in the nearby village of Saloma.

Morgan was placed inside the log Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. When a "rebel force collected to attempt his rescue," 30 Home Guards kept guard over him. After three days, he was released. After his return to Lexington, Morgan organized his followers from the Lexington Rifles. In mid-September they rode out of the city with their weapons under a load of hay and enlisted as a cavalry company in the Confederate Army.

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
In the 1830s, neighbors
Morgan Held Prisoner at Pleasant Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, October 13, 2016
2. Morgan Held Prisoner at Pleasant Hill Marker
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in the area assembled in homes for church services. In 1837 Henry Sanders, a large land owner and operator of Sanders Tavern and Stage Coach Stop, donated land for the church and had the log meeting house built at his own expense. He named it Pleasant Hill after a place in his native Virginia. In May 1840 Good Hope, its mother church, gave permission for members to officially organize this congregation.
Erected by Kentucky Heartland Civil War Trails Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Kentucky series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1861.
Location. 37° 25.587′ N, 85° 22.045′ W. Marker is near Campbellsville, Kentucky, in Taylor County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Lebanon Road (Kentucky Route 289) and Pleasant Hill Church Road, on the right when traveling north on Old Lebanon Road. This marker is located in front of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6380 Old Lebanon Rd, Campbellsville KY 42718, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Morgan's Revenge (here, next to this marker); Sanders Tavern (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Sanders Family in the Civil War
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(approx. one mile away); Raid on the Hiestand-Chandler House (approx. 5.3 miles away); Brig. Gen. Elias Barbee (approx. 6 miles away); Campbellsville / Taylor County (approx. 6 miles away); Cumberland Trace (approx. 6 miles away); Confederate Raids (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Campbellsville.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 3, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 2, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 359 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 2, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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