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December 1862 brought the realities of the Civil War to the small, quiet town of Springfield, making friends and neighbors become bitter enemies. Historian and author, Betty Gorin-Smith, brings to life Morgan and his Raiders’ march from Lebanon to Springfield from her book “Morgan is Coming!’ Confederate Raiders in the Heartland of Kentucky.”
The author will be selling signed copies of her book and speaking at the old Louisville Store, Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m.
The Washington County Public Library and the Washington County Historical Society are collaborating to bring the history of our county to the community. Feel the fear and anxiety people had as they hear, “Morgan was burning Lebanon to the ground, killing everyone and was on his way to Springfield” from John Meeks. The cold as Confederates were directed to encamp on Lebanon Road where they slept the best they could in near blizzard conditions, as Lieutenant George B. Eastin enjoys a meal at the hospitable home of Confederate sympathizer C.T. Cunningham, which was located at 209 East Main and has been razed.
Mrs. Gorin-Smith is a native of Taylor County and resides in Campbellsville. She is known for her detailed research of General Morgan and his Raiders trail-blazing from Columbia to Louisville, with attention paid to the battle of Lebanon crossing through Springfield and Mackville.
She has been a longtime volunteer and leading voice in the historic preservation efforts of the Heartland Civil War Trails Project. Mrs. Gorin-Smith taught U.S. and world history in local schools for more than two decades. She has also taught at Campbellsville University and Lindsey Wilson College. Her academic and civic awards are numerous. In addition to her work with the Heartland Civil War Trails Commission, Mrs. Smith is recognized as a primary leader of the preservation effort at the Tebbs Bend Civil War battlefield.
Travel the trails of Morgan and his Raiders across Kentucky and discover the history behind all the stories. Retrace his steps as he embarked on one of his most famous raids right through your county.
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