The L & N Railroad bridge near here, a main USA supply line between Louisville and Bowling Green, was destroyed by Confederate troops in late 1861. This act brought Morgan's daring to the public eye. A year later, Morgan again burned the trestle and stockade, taking 93 prisoners of 91st Illinois Volunteers. The following information was provided by Kimmy Cook with the Bacon Creek Historical Society. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Civil War at Bacon Creek, Kentucky
October 10, 1861: Company C, 39th Indiana Infantry Regiment, declare first blood of the Rebellion, which fell upon Kentucky soil, was shed at Bacon Creek.
November 1861: John Hunt Morgan's first destruction of Bacon Creek Railroad Bridge.
December 1861: John Hunt Morgan and 105 of his men burned the bridge at Bacon Creek for a second time.
December 1861 to February 1862: Establishment of Union Camp Jefferson, 40,000 strong.
Early January 1862: The body of General Zollicoffer CSA (KIA Mills Springs) passed on its way to Nashville.
September 14, 1862: Stockade fort at Bacon Creek, surrendered and burned.
September 15, 1862: Rebels push captured box cars onto Bacon Creek Railroad Bridge and set fire to both marking the third destruction of the bridge.
September 19 - 21, 1862: Bragg's army camps at Bacon Creek.
September 22, 1862: Union forces advanced upon rear guard of Bacon Creek. Engagement starts at 12 noon, ending at dusk.
December 25th 1862. skirmish took place at Bacon Creek between a company of the second Michigan Calvary and the advance guard of the rebel forces under General Morgan.
December 26, 1862: Five hour engagement ending with the fourth burning of the Railroad bridge and second stockade by General John Hunt Morgan.
December 24, 1864: Confederate Brigadier General Hylan B. Lyon with 800 men made 5tth and final raid of the war of Bcon Creeks' Station once again, burning the L & N Railroad Bridge.
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