Elizabethtown in Hardin County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Christmas Raid, December 27, 1862
In a 1932 paper Miss Annie Nourse explained the story of the cannonball:
"...Many years after (1887) a fire destroyed that entire block and the cannonball fell with the wall, I... asked... the owners of the building to give me the ball and they both kindly consented. I told the boys about it, that I would give 25 cents to the one who would find it and bring it to me. A lively scramble instantly ensued in the pile of hot bricks. I left them
"Many years after... I restored it to the bank and they had it placed in the same spot, as near as possible (in the new building), where it is seen today..."
Marker series. This marker is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Kentucky marker series.
Location. 37° 41.605′ N, 85° 51.499′ W. Marker is in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, in Hardin County. Marker is on Dixie Highway West (U.S. 31W), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elizabethtown KY 42701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. General Custer Here (within shouting distance of this marker); Commodore Joshua Barney / First Brick House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Make a Street Fight Out of It" (about 800 feet away); Lincoln-Haycraft Memorial Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); Elizabethtown Battle (approx. 0.4 miles away); Morgan's Second Raid Three Forts (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elizabethtown.
More about this marker. This is one of 15 markers in the "John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Kentucky" series that focuses on the Christmas Raid of 1862.
Caption for photo to the upper left: When Morgan's troops first appeared at Elizabethtown, the Union commander, Lt. Col. Harry S. Smith of the 91st Illinois Infantry Regiment, requested the Confederates surrender. Forty-five minutes later, Smith was compelled to give up the town.
Clark. When Morgan attacked Elizabethtown, Col. Roy S. Clark and Col. Col. Robert C. Stoner led the troops into the city.
Caption for the photo in the lower right: The Depp Building. The Depp Building, constructed ca. 1805
Caption for photo in the lower left: 12-Pounder Howitzer. Morgan had seven artillery pieces with him on the Christmas Road. At least one was a 12-pound Howitzer. On the upper right is a portrait of Col. Roy S. Clark.
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