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Battle of Mt. Sterling (Marker Number: 177)

Marker Number 177

County: Montgomery Location: Mt. Sterling, Courthouse lawn, US 60

Description: On March 22, 1863, about 300 Confederate cavalrymen under Colonel R. S. Cluke captured this city, taking 438 prisoners, 222 wagon loads of military stores, 500 mules, and 1000 stand of arms. Confederate losses: 8 killed, 13 wounded. Union losses: 4 killed, 10 wounded.

Battle-June 8,1864 (Marker Number: 628)

Marker Number 628

County: Montgomery Location: Mt. Sterling, US 460

Description: Early this day CSA forces under Gen. John H. Morgan on his tragic last raid attacked Union camp here under Capt. Edward Barlow. CSA took 380 prisoners and material. $59,000 taken from Farmers' Bank. Leaving a force here under Col. H. L. Giltner, Morgan moved west with 2nd Brigade. Next morning CSA driven out. Joined by Morgan, took Lexington next day.

Battle-June 9,1864 (Marker Number: 629)

Marker Number 629

County: Montgomery Location: Mt. Sterling, W. on US 60

Description: CSA took Mt. Sterling on previous day. Early on 9th US forces under General S. G. Burbridge attacked CSA under Col. R. M. Martin camped on Camargo Pike. Col. H. L. Giltner brought CSA force from Levee Road, but both driven through city. CSA counterattacked, but was repulsed. Heavy loss on both sides. Morgan joined them and took Lexington next day. See map other side.

Gen. John Bell Hood Home (Marker Number: 112)

Marker Number 629

County: Montgomery Location: 4 mi. W. of Mt. Sterling, US 60

Description: Home of Hood family, 1835-1857. From here John Bell Hood (1831-1879) went to West Point, 1849. Resigned commission in 1861, joined Confederate Army, served with Texas Brigade throughout war. Hood wounded at Gettysburg; lost leg at Chickamauga.

Courthouse Burned (Marker Number: 586)

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County: Montgomery Location: Mt. Sterling, Courthouse lawn, US 60

Description: Twenty-two Kentucky courthouses were burned during Civil War, nineteen in last fifteen months: twelve by Confederates, eight by guerrillas, two by Union accident. See map on reverse side. Dec. 2, 1863, CSA cavalry burned courthouse at Mt. Sterling to stop its use as a USA garrison. Clerk's records, in rear, saved. Circuit court records destroyed.

Montgomery County, 1797 (Marker Number: 1216)

Marker Number 629

County: Mt. Sterling, Courthouse lawn, US 60

Description: Named for General Richard Montgomery, Revolutionary War officer. Born in Ireland, 1738. An advocate of colonial freedom, he commanded continental forces in the north, capturing first British colors in war, Fort St. Johns, 1775. Killed in Quebec attack, December 31, 1775. Original county taken from Clark; included area of 2 present counties and parts of 8 others.

Civil War Robbery (Marker Number: 1331)

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County: Main & Bank Sts., Mt. Sterling

Description: In this building is the Farmers Bank vault, which was robbed of $60,000 as "Morgan's Raiders" were on their last raid through Kentucky. Later the night of June 8, 1864, several of Morgan's men went to the house of J. O. Miller, cashier, and took the vault key from him. The money was never recovered. It was believed it went to Confederate cause. See over.

(Reverse) Bank Sues - In 1866, a civil suit was filed in Anderson Co. by Farmers Bank against Lt. J. F. Witherspoon. The bank was awarded a judgment of $59,057.33 for damages. On appeal, Witherspoon found not liable. Court of Appeals said that under laws of war robbery was not unlawful. Furthermore, there was no proof Witherspoon more guilty than any other in Morgan's command. Over.