Morgan at Hartsville

Col. John Hunt Morgan led his brigade into Hartsville during August 1862. He intended to use the town as a base to attack the Louisville and Nashville Railroad near Gallatin. Morgan's goal was to destroy the 800-foot-long Big South Tunnel, which would interrupt the main supply line from the north to Union Gen. Don Carlos Buell's army in Tennessee. On August 12, a Confederate detachment captured Col. William P. Boone, the Union commander, who was staying in Gallatin away from his men.

  • Morgan's goal was to interrupt Union supply transport.
  • Union commander Boone was captured here.