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Battle of Tebbs Bend

Battle of Tebbs Bend
Part of the American Civil War

Overview of the battlefield
Date July 4, 1863 (1863-07-04)
Location Taylor County, Kentucky, USA
Result Union victory
Confederate States of America United States of America
Commanders and leaders
John Hunt Morgan Orlando H. Moore
800-1000 cavalry[1]
4 Artillery pieces
5 companies of the 25th Michigan Infantry (approx. 200 men)
Casualties and losses
35 killed
45 wounded
6 killed
23 wounded
Battle of Tebbs Bend
Nearest city Campbellsville, Kentucky
Area 376 acres (152 ha)
Built 1863
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 99000900[2]
Added to NRHP July 28, 1999

The Battle of Tebbs' Bend (or Tebbs Bend or Green River) was fought on July 4, 1863, near the

  • Commonwealth of Kentucky website for Tebbs Bend

External links

  1. ^ "The Battle of Tebbs Bend". Tebbs Bend Battlefield Association. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  3. ^ a b c d "Calen McKinney, "150 years later: Remembering the Battle of Tebbs Bend", June 14, 2013". Central Kentucky News-Journal. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 


  • Cincinnati, Ohio: Miami Printing and Pub. Co., 1867. On-line version
  • Louisville, Kentucky: Harmony House Publishers, 2006, 452 pp., ISBN 978-1-56469-134-7.
  • Horwitz, Lester V., The Longest Raid of the Civil War. Cincinnati, Ohio: Farmcourt Publishing, Inc., 1999. ISBN 0-9670267-3-3.
  • Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky, 1986. ISBN 0-8131-1576-0.
  • U.S. War Department, The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, 70 volumes in 4 series. Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1880-1901. On-line version


See also

According to century-old newspaper clipping, on June 3, 1911, some four thousand attended a 48th anniversary remembrance of the battle. This particular gathering was reportedly the largest in the history of the Green River Valley.[3]

General Morgan asked for a truce so that the Confederates could bring in the injured and dead, who were interred in a mass grave. "It is said that the blood ran down through the yard into the turnpike road," Gorin-Smith recalled.[3] Only the Confederate cemetery remains at Tebbs Bend; the bodies of Union soldiers were buried near the Green River stockade and later removed to the Lebanon National Cemetery in Lebanon, Kentucky. Gorin-Smith read a roll call of the dead buried in the cemetery and acknowledged the unknown soldiers who perished there as well.[3]

On June 8, 2013, some two hundred persons attended a re-enactment of the battle of Tebbs Bend to observe the 150th anniversary of the fighting. A new marker dedicated to Confederate Army Private Frank Voss of Maryland was unveiled, with some of his descendants present for the occasion. The ceremony was planned by historian Betty Jane Gorin-Smith and other members of the Tebbs Bend Battlefield Association, including its president, Cheryl Tillery. "We are here to remember those men who gave the full measure of devotion for causes in which they sincerely believed," said Gorin-Smith.[3]

150th anniversary

A National Register of Historic Places; the battlefield itself was listed in 1999.

Morgan lost 35 killed and 45 wounded, while Moore counted 6 killed and 23 wounded. Of significance, among Morgan's casualties were 24 experienced officers, who were a particular target of the Michigan sharpshooters.


Morgan sent forward two dismounted regiments under Col. Battle of Lebanon.

An illustration of the battle
Morgan divided his force, sending the bulk of his cavalry to flank the small garrison and cut off their avenue of retreat. At sunrise on July 4, Union pickets opened fire on approaching enemy cavalrymen. Soon, Morgan's artillery answered, wounding two Union soldiers in the rifle pits. About 7 a.m., Morgan called a cease fire and sent forward three officers under a flag of truce, demanding that Moore surrender, wishing to avoid further bloodshed. However, the Union commander refused and firing resumed.

General Morgan and his 2,460 handpicked Confederate cavalrymen rode west from Louisville.


  • Overview 1
  • Casualties 2
  • 150th anniversary 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • Notes 6
  • External links 7


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