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

Morgan's Headquarters

First Kentucky Raid

— July 11, 1862 —

Morgan's Headquarters Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, October 13, 2016
1. Morgan's Headquarters Marker
In July 1862, during his first raid into Kentucky, John Hunt Morgan fought two skirmishes in Marion County. The first took place at the covered bridge just south of New Market. The Union Home Guard, anticipating Morgan's arrival, took the planking off the bridge. As Morgan's Brigade approached the Home Guard opened fire. Morgan, in the lead, had his hat shot off. He ordered his artillery brought up and soon dispersed the Home Guard. The second skirmish occurred about a mile south of Lebanon. Seventy Home Guard and soldiers of the 28th Kentucky formed a skirmish line and fired at Morgan's advancing cavalry. The defenders soon realized that their situation was hopeless and surrendered, leaving Morgan free to advance into Lebanon.

Col. Morgan rode to this house, Myrtledene, the home of Benedict and Elizabeth Spalding. Morgan established his headquarters at the house, which was then at the northern edge of Lebanon. From here, Morgan had an excellent view to the north, allowing him to see any troops approaching along the roads from Louisville or Lexington.

According to local tradition, when Morgan arrived at Myrtledene
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he rode his horse through the front door and up the stairs. Elizabeth Spalding reacted like anyone would have under the circumstances. She told Col. Morgan to get his horse and his person outside; adding that indoors was no place for a horse and that a gentleman should know better, or words to that effect. According to the story Morgan did just that. Hoof prints were visible on the stairs until the house was renovated in the latter part of the 20th century. Morgan and his men camped on the grounds surrounding Myrtledene that night. The next morning they rode north, toward Springfield.
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 11, 1862.
Location. 37° 34.55′ N, 85° 15.367′ W. Marker is in Lebanon, Kentucky, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection of North Spalding Avenue (Kentucky Route 55) and Montgomery Court, on the left when traveling north on North Spalding Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 370 N Spalding Ave, 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. Major General George H. Thomas at Lebanon, Kentucky (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eminent Theologian (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Maxwell House was Set on Fire by Morgan's Troops July 5th, 1863
Morgan's Headquarters Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, October 13, 2016
2. Morgan's Headquarters Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Marion County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Home of Dr. Ben Spalding on July 5, 1863 (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Kobert Place (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); In Memory of our Fallen Comrades (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lebanon.
Also see . . .  The First Kentucky Raid: John H. Morgan's Meteoric Rise. American Battlefield trust website entry (Submitted on July 20, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
Myrtledene image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, October 13, 2016
3. Myrtledene
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 7, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 606 times since then and 229 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 7, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 8, 2023