Near Campbellsville in Taylor County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
The Sanders Family in the Civil War
Clay Hill and the Southern Connection
Mrs. Sanders was a southern sympathizer. Oh his Pleasant Hill Raid of January 1862, Rebel John Hunt Morgan stopped at Clay Hill seeking information. He learned from her that "a large party were guarding the bridge over Rolling Fork...a few sick were at Campbellsville, a portion of two regiments at Greensburg, and a large force at Columbia..."
Her son Robert was also a known Rebel sympathizer and of considerable interest to the Federals. One day in 1862, Yankee soldiers came looking for him. They burst into the parlor of Clay Hill, concerned his sister, Cary Ann, and demanded to know the whereabouts of Robert. Cicely, a black houses servant, cried out, "Miss Cary tell them; tell them anything," making the Yankee solders think that Cary knew where Robert
Angered by her silence, the Yank leader said to his men, "A bird that won't sing, must be made to sing. Charge, bayonets!" Immediately, one of the soldiers threw his bayonet and pinned the sleeve of her dress to the wall. Undaunted, she still refused to tell. Disgruntled, the unhappy Yankees departed.
Today, the bayonet hole, not quite the size of a thimble, remains on the north wall on the left side of the fireplace of Clay Hill's parlor.
Erected by Southern & Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association.
Location. 37° 26.367′ N, 85° 21.6′ W. Marker is near Campbellsville, Kentucky, in Taylor County. Marker can be reached from Old Lebanon Road (Kentucky Route 289) 0.3 miles north of Richerson Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located near the entrance to the Clay Hill Memorial Forest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7426 Old Lebanon Road, Campbellsville KY 42718, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sanders Tavern (approx. 0.7 miles away); Morgan's Revenge (approx. one mile away); Morgan Held Prisoner In Pleasant Hill Church (approx. one mile away); Raid on the Hiestand-Chandler House (approx. 6.3 miles away); Brig. Gen. Elias Barbee Campbellsville / Taylor County (approx. 6.8 miles away); Cumberland Trace (approx. 6.8 miles away); Confederate Raids (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Campbellsville.
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