Hawesville, KY

Several notable events took place in Hawesville and Hancock County during the Civil War.  Among them are:

  • The murder of Thomas Hale at the hands of nightriders at Weberstown in south Hancock County in 1863
  • Occupation by Union troops after shelling by Federal artillery and gunboats
  • The exploits of Major Walker Taylor, who before coming the western Kentucky to recruit Confederate geurrillas in 1864, was a scout and secret service agent for the Rebel army and schemed to kidnap President Abraham Lincoln in 1862
  • The final days and death of Bill Davison, the notorious Confederate captain from Hawesville whose band of guerrilas burned courthouses and terrorized western Kentucky counties along the Ohio River during 1864-1865
  • The successful effort by Hawesville lawyer William P. D. Bush to correct the inequities of the Federal draft system in the 2nd Congressional District of Kentucky in 1864
Pate House

The Pate House, four miles east of Lewisport on KY-334, is where 18-year-old Abraham Lincoln successfully defended himself for operating a ferry without a license. Judge Pate was so impressed by Lincoln that he encouraged him to study law, and the rest is history.  Also on KY-334 is the Emmick Plantation House, built in 1854 with bricks made on the farm.


    • Lincoln Acquitted (State Marker 667, 3 mi. W. of Hawesville, KY 334, Hancock Co.)
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For additional information:

    • Hancock Historical Society, PO Box 605, Hawesville, KY 42348
    • Hancock County Museum (270)295-6637
    • Fearful Times: A History of the Civil War Years in Hancock County, KY, Glenn Hodges

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