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Brandenburg in Meade County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Capture of the Alice Dean

Great Raid

 

óJuly 7, 1863 ó

 
Capture of the Alice Dean Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 5, 2018
1. Capture of the Alice Dean Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  After pushing through Bardstown, Kentucky the lead elements of Gen. John Hunt Morganís command arrived in Brandenburg. Captains H. Clay Merriwether and Samuel Taylor and their men encamped on farms in and around Brandenburg. They were soon joined by Capt. Thomas Hines, who had led a scouting raid into Indiana. When his party encountered Union Soldiers Hines alone had managed to escape by swimming across the Ohio.

The Confederates in Brandenburg placed one cannon on East Hill and second on West Hill. Shortly after lunchtime July 7, 1863 the mailboat John T. Combs arrived and docked at the foot of main street. The Confederates stormed the boat and captured it without firing a shot. The Confederates then moved the John T. Combs to mid-stream where they hoisted distress flags. The Alice Dean, a luxury boat carrying passengers to Louisville came into sight. The side-wheel packed owned by the Dean Company of Cincinnati, Ohio shifted course and came alongside the John T. Combs to offer assistance. The Confederates boarded the Alice Dean and took control, again without firing a shot. The boats were lashed together and
Capture of the Alice Dean Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 5, 2018
2. Capture of the Alice Dean Marker
Marker is on the left.
steamed into the Brandenburg dock. All passengers were put ashore with a warning not to raise the alarm. The Confederates treated the passengers of both boats with the utmost respect; even returning $10,000 the passengers of the Alice Dean had placed in the safe in the purserís office.

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Alice Dean. The Alice Dean was less than a year old when captured by Morgan. It was a 411-ton wooden hull sidewheel packet boat built in Cincinnati. Her captain was James Pepper.

Capt. Samuel B. Taylor ē Capt. H. Clay Meriwether
Taylor and Meriwether, both of the 10th Kentucky Cavalry, were onboard the John T. Combs when they captured the Alice Dean. They had been sent ahead by Col. Adam r. Johnson with orders to capture boats for the Ohio River crossing.
 
Erected by Kentucky Heartland Civil War Trails Commission. (Marker Number 38a.)
 
Location. 38° 0.311′ N, 86° 9.984′ W. Marker is in Brandenburg, Kentucky, in Meade County. Marker is on Water Street 0.1 miles east of Main Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in River Front Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 146 Water Street, Brandenburg KY 40108, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
The Alice Dean image. Click for full size.
3. The Alice Dean
. A Rest at Otter Creek (here, next to this marker); Big Joe Logsdon (within shouting distance of this marker); Underground Railroad Statue (within shouting distance of this marker); Flint for the Hunt (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Meade County Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Morgan ~~ On To Ohio (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early Meade County Leader / Meade County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Morgan's Headquarters (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brandenburg.
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Gen. John Hunt Morgan, C.S.A. image. Click for full size.
4. Gen. John Hunt Morgan, C.S.A.
The Great Raid image. Click for full size.
5. The Great Raid
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 16, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.   3. submitted on September 16, 2018.   4, 5. submitted on September 16, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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