Morgan Held Prisoner In Pleasant Hill Church Historical

Morgan Held Prisoner In Pleasant Hill Church Historical (HM1VHO)

Location: Campbellsville, KY 42718 Taylor County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 25.587', W 85° 22.045'

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September 1861
Morgan caught smuggling Confederate uniforms

After Confederate forces occupied Columbus, a city in far western Kentucky, President Lincoln proclaimed that commercial trade with the Confederacy be stopped.

Southern-leaning John Hunt Morgan, a Lexington hemp producer, ignored the blockade. He, along with four companions, attempted to take two wagonloads of jeans used for Confederate uniforms through the federal blockade. Their route to Tennessee brought them down the old Lexington-to-Nashville Road, which ran by this church. Taylor County Home Guards caught the smugglers in the nearby village of Saloma.

Morgan was placed inside the log Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. When a "rebel force collected to attempt his rescue," 30 Home Guards kept guard over him. After three days, he was released. After his return to Lexington, Morgan organized his followers from the Lexington Rifles. In mid-September they rode out of the city with their weapons under a load of hay and enlisted as a cavalry company in the Confederate Army.

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
In the 1830s, neighbors in the area assembled in homes for church services. In 1837 Henry Sanders, a large land owner and operator of Sanders Tavern and Stage Coach Stop, donated land for the church and had the log meeting
house built at his own expense. He named it Pleasant Hill after a place in his native Virginia. In May 1840 Good Hope, its mother church, gave permission for members to officially organize this congregation.
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Series This marker is part of the series
Placed ByKentucky Heartland Civil War Trails Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 644450 N 4143432
Decimal Degrees37.42645000, -85.36741667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 25.587', W 85° 22.045'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 25' 35.22" N, 85° 22' 2.7" W
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Area Code(s)270
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6398 State Hwy 289, Campbellsville KY 42718, US
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