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Springfield in Washington County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Washington County

Morgan's First Raid


— July 12-13, 1862 —

Washington County Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, October 13, 2016
1. Washington County Marker
Inscription.  Word of Morgan's raid on Lebanon on July 12 quickly reached Springfield, a tiny village of 500 residents. After hearing news of the raid, F.L. Davison, prominent local planter and businessman, sent Springfield resident John Meeks to the neighboring towns to ascertain the facts. Nineteen-year-old Meeks got close enough to see the smoke over the town, assumed the worst, and raced back to Springfield.

Meeks charged into town with bloodied spurs announcing to eveyrone that Morgan was burning Lebanon to the ground, killing everyone, and was heading toward Springfield. Davison arrived in Springfield shortly after Meeks' proclamation and found the residents panic stricken. People hid their valuables, locked up their houses and left town in fear that Morgan would destroy their homes and businesses. They turned their horses loose in the woods lest they be "requisitioned" by the Confederates. Unionist made themselves scarce while others prayed for deliverance.

These precautions proved unnecessary. A few tired cavalry horses may have been "swapped" in Springfield but the column passed through without halting, en route to Maxville (Mackville)
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Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 4, 2018
2. Washington County Marker
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where it passed the night.

Morgan and his men did bring considerable havoc to the small community of Mackville, ten miles northeast of Springfield. Nothing to the degree that young Meeks predicted after witnessing Lebanon's smoke and terror would occur in Springfield. Morgan's July 12 strike in two locations in Washington County, Kentucky brought much fear and trepidation. Folks were glad to see him proceed to Harrodsburg and Danville early Sunday morning July 13.
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 12, 1862.
Location. 37° 41.052′ N, 85° 13.169′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Kentucky, in Washington County. Marker is on East Main Street west of East Ballard Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located in front of the public library. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 210 East Main Street, Springfield KY 40069, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. On Civil War Routes (within shouting distance of this marker); Morgan in Springfield (within shouting distance of this marker); John Pope, 1770-1845 (about 500 feet away, measured in a
Gen. John Hunt Morgan, C.S.A. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse
3. Gen. John Hunt Morgan, C.S.A.
direct line); You are in The Holy Land! (about 500 feet away); House of History (about 600 feet away); Felix Grundy (1777 - 1840) (about 600 feet away); In Honor of Louis Sansbury (about 700 feet away); Lincoln - Hanks (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 8, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 355 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 8, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.   2. submitted on August 12, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.   3. submitted on August 12, 2018. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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