Springfield in Washington County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Busy Day In Springﬁeld
óJuly 5, 1863 ó
Young Will McChord, then eleven, described the events of that day 60 years later in his memoirs, "we knew that Morgan and his men were coming to Springfield. Rumors were flying on every side and Main Street was in the wildest confusion. I was seized with an uncontrollable desire to see Morgan and his men. I went to Cross Street where I could see up the pike towards Lebanon. Morganís Calvary was coming down the hill into Springfield. My mind was made up; not to run away from the rebels but to run toward them - regardless of the consequences. I drew myself up to my full height and gave the leader (Col. Basil Duke) a military salute. With all the grace of a valiant knight he returned my salute and extended his hand, which I eagerly grasped."
Accompanying Col. Duke was Maj. William J. Davis from South Carolina. After paroling the prisoners at the Courthouse, Davis was invited to the residence of Cleland Cunningham for refreshments and entertainment. Here, Davis met his hostís two charming daughters, "Miss Frank" and "Miss Belle." It seems to have been a case of love at first sight between the Major and "Miss Frank," and before
Upon leaving Springfield, Morgan instructed Davisí forces to create a diversion, hoping to cover his crossing of the Ohio River at Brandenburg. While attempting to do so, Davis and his men encountered Union troops and Davis was captured. During his fifteen-month incarceration Davis wrote many letters to "Miss Frank." The courtship of Major Davis and Miss Frances Cunningham culminated in their marriage on December 16, 1866.
William C. McChord
When Morgan's men came through Springfield, McChord ran with the exuberance of your down Main Street to greet the Confederates.
The Courthouse in Springfield
Morgan, enraged over the death of his brother Tom an Lebanon, forced over 300 Union prisoners to march "at the double quick" that is, to run, the ten miles from Lebanon to Springfield in the July heat.
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° 41.122′ N, 85° 13.308′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Kentucky, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Lincoln Park Road (Kentucky Route 528) and East Main Street (Business U.S. 150), on the right when traveling north on Lincoln Park Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Springfield KY 40069, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Felix Grundy (1777 - 1840) (within shouting distance of this marker); Jesse Head Homesite (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Morgan in Springfield (about 600 feet away); On Civil War Routes (about 600 feet away); John Pope, 1770-1845 (about 600 feet away); House of History (about 600 feet away); Washington County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ben Hardin, 1784-1852. ← Grave (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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