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 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 walking distance of this marker. World War I Monument (here, next to this marker); Lincoln Homestead (here, next to this marker); Korean War Marker (a few steps from this marker); War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Lincoln - Hanks (a few steps from this marker); E. Gregory Goatley Law Office (within shouting distance of this marker); In Honor of Louis Sansbury (within shouting distance of this marker); Felix Grundy (1777 - 1840) (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 7, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 164 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 7, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. 3. submitted on August 12, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.