|WELCOME TO JOHN HUNT MORGAN'S RAID
CAVE CITY, KY
11 MAY 1862
3-5 MAY 2013
On 11 May 1862, Colonel John Hunt Morgan and his advance guard seized the Cave
City depot and captured the next train that stopped. Morgan's entire command arrived
shortly thereafter; Morgan's troops proceeded to destroy the train: four passenger cars,
a locomotive and forty-five freight cars. The firebox was then filled with wood and set on
fire. The Confederates then fired each car and sent the train racing down the tracks
toward Bowling Green. Morgan remembered "It was a grand sight, that burning train
going at head long speed to destruction." For weeks passengers going through Cave
City gazed in amazement at the scene where the locomotive had exploded. For a
hundred yards on both sides of the track, the underbrush and grass were burned, trees
were torn out by their roots and wreckage was scattered on the ground.
The next day at noon, guards north of Cave City heard a passenger train approaching,
bound for Nashville from Louisville. Morgan's men blocked the tracks, stopping the train
while other troops threw logs on the tracks behind the train, preventing a reverse run.
Morgan confiscated $6,000 in cash from the express agent and captured two Union
officers and several enlisted men. He then allowed the train to return to Louisville safely.
Stories of the Cave City Raid and its success took on the trappings of a romantic saga
of chivalry due to the way in which Morgan treated the train’s female passengers. "I have
no right to look into ladies baggage, or to examine their trunks. Southern gentlemen do
no such thing." Morgan is reported as saying.
Thanks to all who made 2013 a success in spite of the
Information on 2014 will be posted soon.
|The Cave City Convention Center is located on Mammoth Cave St.
in Cave City KY.
Simply exit I-65 at exit 53 go East to the first traffic light and turn
left. Follow Mammoth Cave St. about a mile and the convention
center is on the left.
If you are coming from the East - follow the Cumberland Parkway to
exit 11 turn right onto US31E;
follow that to KY 90 (Happy Valley Road)
turn left on to KY 90 and go approximately 12 miles;
When you get in Cave City go to the 2nd traffic light and turn right;
The convention center is on your left.
Former Mayor Bob Hunt and his lovely wife
Linda are joined by President Jefferson Davis
and Mrs. Varina Howell Davis as they receive
a $5000 check from the Cave City chapter of
Modern Woodmen as part of the Modern
Woodmen's matching grant program. The
money will be a big boost in covering the
expenses of our 3rd Annual observation of
John Hunt Morgan's raid on Cave City. Our
extreme gratitude to Modern Woodmen for
their help in preserving our history.