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Near Campbellsville in Taylor County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

“Nobly Did They Die”

 
 
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1. "Nobly Did They Die" Marker
Inscription. Confederate Casualties, Battle of Tebbs Bend - Green River Bridge
Compiled by Betty Gorin-Smith

Confederate forces commanded by Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan
First Brigade
Colonel Basil W. Duke, commanding
5th Kentucky Cavalry, CSA
Colonel D. Howard Smith, commanding

Killed
Pvt. A.J. Boggess Co F
Maj. Thomas Young Brent, Jr. *
2Lt. Thomas Jefferson Current Co C
2Lt. James H. Ferguson Co A
Pvt. Brockenbury Fisher Co I
Pvt. James Addison Headley Co A
Pvt. James Hockensmith Co H
Pvt. Alexander Hockersmith Co F
1Lt. George W. Holloway Co B
Pvt. S.T. Johnson Co B
Pvt. Samuel Miles, Jr. Co A
Pvt. Dennis O'Nan Co A
Sgt. Weston Threlkeld Co B

Wounded
Cpl. George W. Agee Co G
Capt. Joseph Marshall Bowmar + Co A
2Lt. James H. Ferguson Co B
Sgt. Thomas Gormley Co A
Capt. Martin Van Gudgell + Co H
Cpl. Robert Jones Co B
Pvt. Norton Stoughton Co A
Pvt. Thomas Jeff Williamson Co A

Second Brigade
Colonel Adam R. Johnson, commanding
7th Kentucky Cavalry, CSA
Lt. Colonel J.M. Huffman, commanding

Killed
Capt. Robert H. Cowan Co I
Cpl. Henry Goodloe Co I
Pvt. J.N. Hatcher Co C
Cpl. John Hudson Co K
1Lt.
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Charles H.Kirtley Co K
Sgt. J.A. Nelson Co C
Pvt. Joshua W. Turner Co D
Pvt. John Wood Co D

Wounded
Pvt. Henry Clay Buford Co F
Pvt. James C. Cowan Co I
Pvt. J.C. McQuerry Co E 11th Kentucky Cavalry, CSA
Colonel David Walker Chenault, commanding

Killed
2Lt. William W. Baldwin * Co A
Col. David Waller Chenault *
Pvt. Austin Dunn Cosby ** Co B
Pvt. john Cosby Co B
Capt. Alexander H. Tribble Co B
1 Lt. Frank A. West Co H

Wounded
Pvt. James Polk Tribble Co B

* These men's bodies were taken home on an oxcart to be buried. Chenault, in Richmond Cemetery; Brent, in Moore Family Cemetery in Fayette Co; Baldwin, in Winchester Cemetery.
** Died July 9, 1863
+ Acting in that rank; official appointment incomplete.

Captured
5th Kentucky Cavalry, CSA
Pvt. James R. Jones Co B
Pvt. James A. Orr Co A

6th Kentucky Cavalry, CSA
Pvt. Philip S. Beswick ** Co G
Pvt. Michelberry Stephens Co A
Pvt. William H. Tevis Co A

7th Kentucky Cavalry, CSA
Pvt. John Canter Co K
Pvt. E.A. Hansbrough Co C
Pvt. Gabriel B. Jennings Co E
Pvt. James H. Jennings Co E
Pvt. John A. Jennings ** Co E
Pvt. John R. Jordon ** Co C
Sgt. John H. Kastenbine Co K
Pvt. Joseph
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F. Scott Co E
Surg. Edwin M. Sheppard

8th Kentucky Cavalry, CSA
Pvt. Frederick Cook * Co I
Pvt. Stephen Masterson Co K

10th Kentucky Cavalry, CSA
Surg. J.F. Keiser

11th Kentucky Cavalry, CSA
Lt. Edmund Baxter Co B
Pvt. John Benson Co H
Pvt. James C. Browning Co H
Pvt. James W. Huguely Co B
Pvt. Squire Huguely Co B
Pvt. John M. Judd Co H
Cpl. John Ryan Co H
2Lt. James H. Tevis Co F
Sgt. Squire Turner Tevis Co B
Sgt. Milton H. Vivian Co C
Pvt. William S. Young Co K

14th Kentucky Cavalry, CSA
Pvt. Samuel Geoghegan * Co D
Surg. W.B. Anderson

* Captured in Campbellsville, July 5, 1863
** These men died of disease at Camp Douglas, Chicago, Illinois

"Nobly did they die and sincerely do we mourn them."
Leeland Hathaway

Four hundred-forty yards to the south, James Madison Griffin's log house served as a Confederate hospital. As men died, Griffin buried them here on this knoll overlooking Green River. In 1872, Griffin donated the land for this Confederate Monument. Most of the Confederate soldiers in the neighborhood were disinterred from their temporary graves and reburied here. Twenty to thirty bodies were moved to this site from the long trenches near the battle site, over one-half mile to the north.

One
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4. Tebbs Bend Green River Bridge Battlefield Confederate Cemetery Monument
of the earliest Confederate monuments in Kentucky was erected here to honor the men who died in the Battle of Tebbs Bend - Green River Bridge, July 4, 1863.

At a cost of $500, the monument was manufactured at Joyce Co., Louisville, and a subscription drive was held. The effort was headed by a former Confederate soldier, R. S. Kemper, and several Union soldiers and civilians from Lebanon and Columbia.

From 1872 until 1940, the monument rested on a low concrete slab, but by 1938 its shaft lay on the ground and the ball on its top had disappeared. Consequently, a large concrete base was made to protect the monument and raise it to its present level.

On June 3, 1911, Confederate Decoration Day, 1911, 4,000 people gathered here from several nearby counties to honor Civil War veterans, both north and south. Women brought baskets of flowers to place on the gravesite and there was dinner on the grounds. A string band played and a chorus sang civil war songs. Significantly, tow of the keynote speeches honoring the Confederate dead were delivered by ex-Federal officers.

Confederate cavalry regiments were often reorganized. The 5th Kentucky, which served with Buford's Brigade, was later transferred to General John Hunt Morgan's command. The 7th Kentucky, known throughout the war as the 3rd, contained elements of Grigsby's 6th Kentucky during this
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5. Tebbs Bend Green River Bridge Battlefield Confederate Cemetery Monument
In memory of the Confederate soldiers of Gen. Morgan's command who fell in battle at Green River Bridge, July 4, 1863. They have not been forgotten by the countrymen.
engagement. The 11th Kentucky was first known as the 7th. When men from these units were captured, they gave inconsistent information to the Federal prison authorities as to the number of their regiments.
 
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. 37° 13.817′ N, 85° 20.8′ W. Marker is near Campbellsville, Kentucky, in Taylor County. Marker is on Tebbs Bend Road 0.2 miles west of New Columbia Road (Kentucky Route 55), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Campbellsville KY 42718, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Independence Day - 1863 (here, next to this marker); Michigan at Tebbs Bend (here, next to this marker); Confederate Artillery Position (a few steps from this marker); Morgan's Demand for Surrender (approx. half a mile away); "No Day to Surrender" (approx. 0.7 miles away); Battle of Green River Bridge (approx. 0.7 miles away); Confederate Hospital (approx. 1.2 miles away); Federal Stockade (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Campbellsville.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 22, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 21, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 191 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 21, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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