Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Marrowbone in Cumberland County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Civil War Camp at Marrowbone

 
 
Civil War Camp at Marrowbone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, October 13, 2016
1. Civil War Camp at Marrowbone Marker
Inscription. Both Union and Confederate troops used Marrowbone as a camp several times during the Civil War. In mid-February 1863, Federal 1st Kentucky Cavalrymen under Col. Frank Wolford encamped at Marrowbone. During the spring of 1863, detachments of at least three of Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morganís regiments, under Col. D. Howard Smith, Col. A. R. Johnson, and Col. D.W. Chenault, respectively, operated in and around Marrowbone and Mud Camp Ford, capturing a mill and operating it for the rebel army.

In June 1863, Gen. Edward H. Hobson was placed in charge of a Union camp at Marrowbone. Rumors were afloat that the notorious rebel, Gen. John Hunt Morgan, was planning another raid into Kentucky.

Morganís forces crossed the Cumberland on July 1 and 2, fighting a skirmish between here and Norris Branch on July 2. Brig. Shortly after that engagement, Brig. Gen. James M. Shackelfordís brigade arrived to support Hobson. Immediately, several cavalry and infantry regiments were dispatched, under Shackelfordís command, in pursuit of Morgan.

Then, the unfathomable happened. Three miles out the Burkesville Road Hobsonís superior officer, Gen. Henry M. Judah, ordered Shackelford to halt and return to Marrowbone. Col. Richard C. Jacobís 9th Kentucky Cavalry was sent to guard the road and to intercept the Federal cavalrymen
Gen. Henry M. Judah image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
2. Gen. Henry M. Judah
and turn them back.

Meanwhile, Morgan continued to force his way north. On July 3 he turned back the few Federal defenders at Columbia, on July 4 he bypassed a Federal position at Green River Bridge, and on July 5 he secured the surrender of Union forces at Lebanon.

General Judah did nothing. His force, immobilized by high water, waited to be ferried across the Green River at Vaughnís Ferry in Green County. The responsibility of pursuing Morgan was given to General Hobson

In the months of January and February 1864, the 13th Kentucky Cavalry, USA, occupied the camp at Marrowbone while searching for rebel guerillas. In February they captured Capt. Littleton T. Richardson and several of Champ Fergusonís men near here.
 
Erected by Kentucky Heartland Civil War Trails Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Kentucky marker series.
 
Location. 36° 50.041′ N, 85° 30.97′ W. Marker is near Marrowbone, Kentucky, in Cumberland County. Marker is at the intersection of Glasgow Road (Kentucky Route 90) and Roadside Spur Road, on the left when traveling west on Glasgow Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marrowbone KY 42759, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Civil War Camp at Marrowbone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, October 13, 2016
3. Civil War Camp at Marrowbone Marker
markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Skirmish at Norris Branch (approx. 5.9 miles away); Smith Pharmacy (approx. 8.6 miles away); Raiders Entered Here (approx. 8.6 miles away); Lincoln's Father Here (approx. 8.6 miles away); Cumberland County (approx. 8.6 miles away); Morgan On To Ohio (approx. 8.6 miles away); Burkesville Ferry (approx. 9 miles away); Confederate Crossings at Neeley's Ferry (approx. 10 miles away).
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Brig. Gen. James M. Shackelford image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
4. Brig. Gen. James M. Shackelford
Gen. Edward H. Hobson image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
5. Gen. Edward H. Hobson
Gen. John Hunt Morgan image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
6. Gen. John Hunt Morgan
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 18, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 195 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 18, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
Paid Advertisement