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Vonnie Kolbenschlag: Fill-in notes on Judge Baker's story

About: MIKE WATSON: The Fight at Columbia in Which Capt. Jesse Carter was killed
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By Vonnie Kolbenschlag

Here are a few more fill-in" details re: Mike Watson's reference to Judge H. C. Baker's account of the 1863 "skirmish" that he witnessed in front of his house, which still stands. It is the well kept brick house sitting back from the road on property adjacent to the property that was just purchased. So the judge was a neighbor to Tim Cravens, who is mentioned. Cravens was a friend of John Hunt Morgan, that's why he had a "feeling" that something was about to happen.


I have read that John Hunt Morgan stayed in the Craven's house in an upstairs front bedroom located on the town side of the house. Morgan knew the territory. I also read somewhere that the Craven family hid their silver in flower beds beside the walk in the front yard. (Many families hid valuables during this time.)

"College" was where Adanta is today

Some of the places mentioned in Baker's article have changed. When he mentioned the "college" he means the M&F School located where Adanta is now located. It was a Union camp and the school, like many schools in Kentucky were not in session during the war. The M&F School on a hill offered a real vantage point, as did the steeple of the Presbyterian Church, of troops advancing from the south.

Stults Farm was behind Dreamland Motel Stults' Farm was located where Dream Land Motel is now located.

The orchard was on a hill opposite the now gas station where the caution light is.

Hindman House still stands, on W Frazier Avenue

The Hindman house is still there - a beautiful white house - back of the sign company. It was built around 1883 and was not there during the Civil War, but was there when the judge wrote this article and used it as a location.

Judge Baker's office

Judge Baker had his office on the second floor of the large gray building located on the corner of Jamestown Street. At the time of it was built, people were very proud to have such an impressive building on the Square.

Action was early part of Longest Raid of John Hunt Morgan

The action Baker saw was the early part of the Longest Raid of John Hunt Morgan - all the way from TN, through Kentucky and into Indiana and finally Ohio, where he was captured. The 'Battle of Tebb's Bend' in Campbellsville happened the next day, July 4. Wolford's U.S. First Kentucky Cavalry kept up the chase. Only a small number of Wolford's soldiers were in Columbia at the time of the skirmish and were no match for about 2400 of Morgan's soldiers. More of the First Kentucky joined in the chase later and Wolford was there for the capture of Morgan.

Morgan Raid markers in Columbia have not been maintained
A marker telling about this historic raid is located at the edge of the gas station lot. Sadly, it has not been kept up. The purpose was to establish the route of the longest raid with markers all through Kentucky telling the story of skirmishes along the way.

-Vonnie Kolbenschlag

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