In December, 1862, John Hunt Morgan led an army of 3,000 men on a raid through Southern Kentucky. He fought various battles and destroyed railroads and telegraph lines along his route. One stop was in Glasgow, where he was met by three companies of Michigan Cavalry. He drove out the Michigan troops and held control of Glasgow for three days while he destroyed Union rail and communication facilities. He fought a small battle at Bearwallow before moving on.
The West Kentucky Corporation, an organization of Western Kentucky cities and counties, is establishing the "John Hunt Morgan Civil War Trail". Fort Williams was built in 1863 to keep John Hunt Morgan out and to maintain Union control over Southern Kentucky. It was raided and captured on October 6, 1863 by Col. Hughes of the 25th Tennessee, CSA. Many men, horses and supplies were captured and taken to Tennessee.
General Lewis, commander of the famous "Orphan Brigade"
is buried just down the hill from Fort Williams.
Aerial Photograph of Fort Williams