The Sanders Family in the Civil War Historical

The Sanders Family in the Civil War Historical (HM1VJE)

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

N 37° 26.367', W 85° 21.6'

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Clay Hill and the Southern Connection

Early settler Henry Sanders, Jr. owned the land in every direction from where you are standing. Henry sanders built fine houses for his sons, James, Durham, and Robert. The house in front of you, "Clay Hill", was owned by James and Mary Ann Griffin Sanders. James Sanders died in 1858, leaving his widow to manage the plantation, eleven children, and over thirty slaves.

Mrs. Sanders was a southern sympathizer. Oh his Pleasant Hill Raid of January 1862, Rebel John Hunt Morgan stopped at Clay Hill seeking information. He learned from her that "a large party were guarding the bridge over Rolling Fork...a few sick were at Campbellsville, a portion of two regiments at Greensburg, and a large force at Columbia..."

Her son Robert was also a known Rebel sympathizer and of considerable interest to the Federals. One day in 1862, Yankee soldiers came looking for him. They burst into the parlor of Clay Hill, concerned his sister, Cary Ann, and demanded to know the whereabouts of Robert. Cicely, a black houses servant, cried out, "Miss Cary tell them; tell them anything," making the Yankee solders think that Cary knew where Robert was.

Angered by her silence, the Yank leader said to his men, "A bird that won't sing, must be made to sing. Charge, bayonets!" Immediately, one of the soldiers threw his bayonet
and pinned the sleeve of her dress to the wall. Undaunted, she still refused to tell. Disgruntled, the unhappy Yankees departed.

Today, the bayonet hole, not quite the size of a thimble, remains on the north wall on the left side of the fireplace of Clay Hill's parlor.
Placed BySouthern & Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association
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Date Added Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 at 9:02am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 645081 N 4144886
Decimal Degrees37.43945000, -85.36000000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 26.367', W 85° 21.6'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 26' 22.02" N, 85° 21' 36" 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 7100-7298 State Hwy 289, Campbellsville KY 42718, US
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