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

The Maxwell House was Set on Fire by Morgan's Troops July 5th, 1863

The Maxwell House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, October 13, 2016
1. The Maxwell House Marker
Inscription.  Three generations of gracious living have marked the old Howard place on North Spalding Avenue which changed hands recently after the death of Mrs. Emogene Howard Beckman, last of her family to occupy it. The house was built sometime before the middle of the last century by her maternal grandfather, Dr. J. C. Maxwell, a Lebanon physician and surgeon. The stout brick walls are ivied now, and the wide front door between leaded glass panels, the heavy scrolled woodwork and the broad, uncanopied stone steps make an imposing entrance. At the outset of the Civil War, Dr. Maxwell was one of the first Marion Countians to declare himself for the Union. During the war, he served as surgeon for the Fourth District of Kentucky. When Confederate General John Hunt Morgan rode into Lebanon on his second raid here -- July 5, 1864 -- with the intention of burning the town, he is said to have asked at once for the home of "that man Maxwell." The raiders left the house in flames and when the blaze finally was extinguished only four rooms remained standing - the kitchen, a small adjoining room which the doctor had used as as office, and two small rooms above.
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These were preserved when the house was rebuilt after the war. Dr. Maxwell;s daughter married Daniel Howard and in later years, with sectional bitterness forgotten, one of that couple's sons, Lucius Howard and Cal Morgan of Lexington, a nephew of General Morgan, were close friends. They frequently visited each other and Lucius delighted in joking your Morgan about the wartime incident. "See", he would remark as he ushered his friend into the spacious entrance hall, "this is all that your famous uncle left us!" The house, was renovated by its new owner, J. T. Whitlock.
Erected by The City of Lebanon.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is July 5, 1863.
Location. 37° 34.287′ N, 85° 15.199′ W. Marker is in Lebanon, Kentucky, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection of North Spalding Avenue and J T Whitlock Avenue, on the right when traveling north on North Spalding Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Eminent Theologian (here, next to this marker); Marion County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Home of Dr. Ben Spalding on July 5, 1863 (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of our Fallen Comrades
The Maxwell House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, October 13, 2016
2. The Maxwell House
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Kobert Place (about 500 feet away); Courthouse Burned (about 700 feet away); First Presbyterian Church (about 700 feet away); Knott of Lebanon (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lebanon.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 6, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 558 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 6, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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