Cave City in Barren County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Morgan's Cave City Raid
The next day at noon, guards north of Cave City heard a passenger train approaching, bound for Nashville from Louisville. Morgan's men blocked the tracks, stopping the train while other troops threw logs on the tracks behind the train, preventing a reverse run. Morgan confiscated $6,000 in cash from the express agent and captured two Union officers and several enlisted men. He then allowed the train to return to Louisville safely. Stories of the Cave City Raid and its success took on the trappings of a romantic
Col. John Hunt Morgan. After Morgan's defeat in Lebanon, Tennessee he set out on a brief raid into Kentucky to the Green River country, where he began his military career. He found Bowling Green was to well guarded, so he rode north to Cave City.
Gen. George W. Morgan. After Morgan's Cave City Raid, Union Gen. George W. Morgan deployed infantry to guard trains and stations in Central Kentucky. (George W. and John Hunt Morgan are not related.)
Erected by Kentucky Heartlands Civil War Trails Commission. (Marker Number 4a.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Kentucky marker series.
Location. 37° 8.329′ N, 85° 57.562′ W. Marker is in Cave City, Kentucky, in Barren County. Marker is at the intersection of W. Broadway Street (State Highway 70) and N. 1st Street, on the right when traveling west on W. Broadway Street. Touch for map. Marker is at the railroad tracks. Marker is in this post office area: Cave City KY 42127, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Cave City Raid (here, next to this marker); General Joseph H. Lewis (here, next to this marker); Gen. Joseph H. Lewis (here, next to this marker); Lt. Charles Moran - USAF (approx. 4 miles away); Unknown Confederate Soldier Monument (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cave City.
More about this marker. One of a series of John Morgan Hunt Heritage Trail in Kentucky markers.
Regarding Morgan's Cave City Raid. The trains Morgan raided were Louisville and Nashville (L&N) trains.
Also see . . .
1. 4a - Morgan's Cave City Raid. Marker's page on the John Hunt Morgan in Kentucky Heritage Trail site. (Submitted on April 30, 2006.)
2. A Brief History of The Louisville & Nashville Railroad. by Charles B. Castner on the L&N Historical Society Site. (Submitted on April 30, 2006.)
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