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V. Kolbenschlag: Morgan did not burn Green River Bridge

By Vonnie Kolbenschlag

Here's just a quick note on the Green River Bridge that is being replaced. I knew from reading about the Tebb's Bend encounter with John Hunt Morgan on his longest raid, that the wooden bridge at that time, July 1863, was not burned.

Morgan and his raiders had burned the previous wooden bridge during his so called Christmas Raid in 1862. In Campbellsville there is a large mural showing Morgan heading south toward Columbia. There is snow on the ground indicating winter. He was returning from burning many bridges and disrupting supply lines further north and burned the bridge over Green River at that time.

By July 1863 a replacement wooden bridge was in place but Morgan was not able to get across Tebb's Bend due to the heavily and cleverly fortified positions designed by Col. Orlando Moore, USA. He did not burn it.

The bridge being replaced was built in 1907. When it was being built, the stage coach that went from here to Campbellsville had to ferry passengers across the river to continue the almost four hour ride from Columbia. The road was not straight as it is now. --Vonnie Kolbenschlag

Comments re photo 41161 Scenic Taylor Co., KY, Historic Green River Bridge

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