Glasgow saw considerable action in 1862. John Hunt Morgan twice raided through the city. The most notable event was Christmas Eve, 1862, when some of Morgan’s men under command of Captain Thomas Quirk sought to celebrate the holiday at a tavern in Glasgow. Unfortunately, the Union 2nd Michigan Cavalry had the same idea and this lead to a skirmish. Two Union and three Confederate soldiers were killed. The Union cavalry retreated to Cave City, leaving Glasgow in Morgan’s hands. Braxton Bragg went through the town on his way to capturing Kentucky’s capital of Frankfort and the Battle of Perryville.
The President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, gave a Medal of Honor to one enlisted man in every company that gave the Confederacy a “signal victory”. With seven such men, Barren County, whose county seat is Glasgow, had more such medalists than any other county in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Four of these came from the Battle of Stone’s River, and three were from the Battle of Chickamauga; both battles were fought in Tennessee, not Kentucky. It was remembering this valor of his fellow Confederate soldiers who hailed from Barren County that Nelson County native John A. Murray had the Confederate Monument in Glasgow built, with the help of a ladies association.
Our Confederate Dead 1861 – 1865
Kentucky Women’s Monumental Association and former Confederate soldier John A. Murray – 1905
Confederate Monument – Glasgow, 165 E Public Sq., Glasgow, KY 42141, USA
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