Glasgow in Barren County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Morgan in Glasgow
óDecember 24, 1862 ó
Morgan arrived about six miles south of Glasgow in the early evening. He sent two companies of cavalry under the command of Capt. Thomas Quirk into town to determine if it was unoccupied. At about the same time a company of the 2nd Michigan rode into Glasgow.
The two forces entered town from opposite directions, at first unaware that the other was present. Soon the horsemen met in the twilight and a firefight began. In the chaos that followed men and horses became entangled in a running battle. Carbine, rifle and pistol fire erupted, creating deadly Christmas Eve fireworks. A desperate struggle was underway; hard, intense fighting that eventually turned in the favor of the Confederates. The Union cavalry was forced out of town, leaving the Barren County seat in the hands of the Confederates.
The 2nd Michigan retreated to Cave City, leaving two dead and sixteen prisoners behind and taking seven prisoners with them. Morganís men lost three killed.
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Capt. Thomas Quirk
Tom Quirk commanded a company
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Morgan had gotten into Barren County without meeting Union opposition, at Glasgow that changed.
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As Morgan approached Glasgow his men captured a large sutlerís wagon laden with Christmas treats for the Union army. The sutler reluctantly surrendered the holiday gifts to the Confederate cause, providing a festive Christmas for many of Morganís men.
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The skirmish at Glasgow was one of the few times Morganís men fought in the saddle. They generally dismounted before engaging Federal soldiers.
Marker series. This marker is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Kentucky marker series.
Location. 36° 59.749′ N, 85° 54.779′ W. Marker is in Glasgow, Kentucky, in Barren County. Marker is on S. Race Street south of Main Street (Kentucky Highway 90), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located on the northwest side of the grounds of the Barren County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Glasgow KY 42141, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other Christmas Mishap (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Congressional Medal of Honour / Barren County CSA Medalists (a few steps from this marker); Headquarters Troop, 123rd Cavalry (a few steps from this marker); Barren County Purple Heart Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Nettie B.C. Depp (within shouting distance of this marker); Barren County Korean Conflict Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Willa Brown Chappell (within shouting distance of this marker); Barren County Viet Nam Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glasgow.
More about this marker. The marker is part of the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Kentucky. This is just one of many sites along the John Hunt Morgan Trail. Brochures highlighting the entire trail are available at visitor information centers along the route.
Also see . . . Trails-R-Us - John Hunt Morgan. Website for the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail with a trail map showing all of the Kentucky sites and detailed information on each site. (Submitted on September 1, 2015.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 246 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 1, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.