Christmas Raid, December 27, 1862Gen. John Hunt Morgan's Raiders arrived in Elizabethtown on December 27, 1862, appearing on the brow of the hill that is now the City Cemetery. The main objective of the Christmas Raid was to burn two huge Louisville and Nashville Railroad trestles at Muldraugh Hill north of the town. By destroying the trestles, Morgan hoped to relive pressure on Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg's Army in Tennessee by cutting the flow of supplies to Union Gen. William S. Rosecrans' army. Before moving on Muldraugh Hill, Morgan wanted to neutralize the Union force in Elizabethtown. The Confederates placed artillery on the hill and demanded the surrender of the Union garrison. They refused and Morgan's artillery opened fire. The bombardment lasted twenty minutes; 107 rounds were fired upon the buildings in the town killing and wounding several of the soldiers who had taken refuge there.
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|Date Added||Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 2:43pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 600654 N 4172413|
|Decimal Degrees||37.69341667, -85.85831667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 41.605', W 85° 51.499'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 41' 36.30" N, 85° 51' 29.94" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 40 W Dixie Ave, Elizabethtown KY 42701, US|
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