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Lebanon in Marion County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Death of Tom Morgan

The Great Raid

 

— July 5, 1863 —

 
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Photographed By Tom Bosse, October 13, 2016
1. Death of Tom Morgan Marker
Inscription.  During the battle of Lebanon Tom Morgan, 19-year-old brother of Gen. John Hunt Morgan, was killed near this house, "Sunnyside," the home of Presbyterian minister T.H .Cleland. During the fighting John Hunt continuously sent the younger Morgan to the rear to keep him out of harm’s way, but Tom Morgan refused to sit out the battle. According to one historian, Tom Morgan was shot and killed leading a group of men in the final charge against the depot.

When Col. Charles S. Hanson surrendered the depot, Charlton Morgan, another brother, is said to have grabbed Hanson by the beard and said "I’ll blow your brains out you damned rascal. " Fellow soldiers restrained Charlton before he could carry out his threat. Afterwards, General Morgan is said to have told Hanson, "Charlie the next time you see mother you be damn sure to tell her you killed brother Tom". Hanson and Morgan were the best of friends before the war. Ironically, Hanson ’s brother, Roger, was a Confederate general.

That night Tom Morgan was laid out in the parlor of his house. The next day, he was buried in a rose garden on the west side of the house. His body remained
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there until 1867. That year the Morgan family retrieved both Tom’s and John Hunt’s bodies and buried them in the family plot in the Lexington Cemetery.

For a many years it was thought that Tom was killed attacking the Lebanon Depot. However, Mrs.Rose Cleland Grudy, the daughter of Rev. T.H. Cleland, who was at Sunnyside on the day of the battle, reported years after the war that Tom Morgan was killed only a few yards from the front gate of her home, not at the depot. Sunnyside, today called Holly Hill, is about 900 yards from the depot, out of rifle range from the depot, but Morgan could have been killed earlier by Union soldiers retreating toward the depot.

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Tom Morgan
Thomas Morgan was the lieutenant of Company I, 2nd Kentucky Calvary. Tom had been with his brother, John, since the regiment was formed at the beginning of the war.

Calvin Cogwell Morgan
Calvin Morgan, John's younger brother, and aide-de-camp, caught Tom as he fell. As Calvin held his brother, Tom is said to have cried "Brother Cally, they have killed me"

Charlton Morgan
All of the Morgan brothers served in the Confederate army. Five brothers were with Morgan on the Great Raid including Charlton, who was thirteen years younger than John.

John Hunt Morgan
Morgan allowed his men to take
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Photographed By Tom Bosse
3. Thomas Morgan
revenge upon Lebanon for the death of Tom. Morgan's lack of punishment for the looting and burning amounted to his defacto consent for the activities.
 
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. A significant historical date for this entry is July 5, 1863.
 
Location. 37° 33.969′ N, 85° 15.616′ W. Marker is in Lebanon, Kentucky, in Marion County. Marker is on West Main Street (Kentucky Route 68) 0.1 miles east of West Walnut Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 459 W Main Street, Lebanon KY 40033, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Death of a Morgan (here, next to this marker); Battle at Lebanon (approx. ¼ mile away); The L&N Depot (approx. ¼ mile away); The Battle of Lebanon (approx. ¼ mile away); Union Commissary Building (approx. ¼ mile away); The Commissary Building (approx. ¼ mile away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Kobert Place (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lebanon.
 
Gen. John Hunt Morgan image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse
4. Gen. John Hunt Morgan
Calvin Cogwell Morgan image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse
5. Calvin Cogwell Morgan
Charlton Morgan image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse
6. Charlton Morgan
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 5, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 318 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 5, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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