Near Campbellsville in Taylor County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Morgan captures Federal telegraphers
Morgan did not forget his imprisonment in Pleasant Hill Church. Now a captain in the Confederate Cavalry, John Hunt Morgan, with nine men and a guide, made his way from Bowling Green to the inn of southern sympathizer Daniel Williams near the Green-Taylor county line. Dressed in Union uniforms, the proceeded to the church.
It happened that Union telegraphers, commanded by Capt. W. G. Fuller, were storing a large quantity of equipment and food in the church. When Morgan reached the church only the camp squad was present, making preparations to move the camp south. Morgan "pounced" upon the camp squad at Pleasant Hill, capturing all the supplies, three wagons, nine horses, and Captain Fuller's fine field glass, which he used for the rest of the war.
Morgan Burns the Church
Morgan ordered the church set fire - with the prisoner John Feather in it. Feather pulled the wooden benches to the window of the church, stacked them and awaited his chance. It came when the smoke caused the horses to bolt, causing the guards to abandon their
Morgan and his men took the telegraph crew to Tennessee and later released them. The two-door log meeting house was destroyed by the fire. Pleasant Hill Baptist Church was not rebuilt until 1867. The present brick church was constructed in 1946.
While Morgan was still here, John Feather, a local miller, came riding by. Still dressed in Union uniforms, the Confederates asked Feather, "What do you think of Morgan?" Feather replied, "I think burning is too good for him." The Rebels replied, "Well, that’s what we’ll do to you." At that, the men’s true identity was revealed, and Feather was imprisoned in the Pleasant Hill Church.
Erected by 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 series list.
Location. 37° 25.59′ N, 85° 22.043′ 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 Held Prisoner In Pleasant Hill Church (here, next to this marker); Sanders Tavern (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Sanders Family in the Civil War (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.
Also see . . . Baptists and the American Civil War: January 31, 1862. (Submitted on November 2, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 2, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 387 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 2, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.