Morgan in Alexandria
Preparing for a Raid
Alexandria offered well-watered areas near the fairgrounds sufficient to assemble thousands of mounted men, a road leading north to multiple Cumberland River crossings and a supportive population. The presence of the Confederate raiders was no secret, however, and there were those who felt that Morganís use of the area left the residents open to Federal reprisal.
On December 22, 1862, Morgan headed north from Alexandria with 3,100 cavalrymen and several artillery pieces on his “Christmas Raid.” Five days later, he reached Elizabethtown, Kentucky, where his men destroyed Louisville and Nashville Railroad trestles and bridges, temporarily rendering the line impassible. Pursuing Federal forces failed to block his return to Tennessee.
Morganís most daring raid began here when, on June 11, 1863, he led 2,400 cavalrymen through Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio in the deepest penetration of
(lower left) Morganís Raiders, Harperís New Monthly Magazine (Aug. 1865)
(upper center) Gen. John Hunt Morgan Courtesy Library of Congress
(upper right) Morgan's Christmas Raid
(lower right) Morgan's Ohio Raid
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 4.66′ N, 86° 2.019′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Tennessee, in Dekalb County. Marker is on West Main Street west of High Street (Tennessee Route 53), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria TN 37012, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gen. John H. Morgan CSA (here, next to this marker); Adam Dale (approx. 6 miles away but has been reported missing); Battle of Snow Hill (approx. 7.8 miles away); Beckwith Inn (approx.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 11, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 334 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 11, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.