Old Confederates of Mercer County

A Confederate soldier stands atop a monument in Spring Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg – a reminder of a long ago time period when families were split in their loyalties during the Civil War.  As Kentucky was a divided state during the war, so was Mercer County.  Many Confederates from Mercer were members of Morgan’s Raiders – led by the famous General John Hunt Morgan himself!  The following obituaries are for a few of those members who died 30+ years after the war. 

IMG_6941 1Erected in memory of those brave men who gave their lives and services to the cause of the south.  By William Preston Camp No. 96 United Confederate Veterans and their surviving comrades and friends.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Thursday, December 25, 1902

The remains of Mr. George O. Herndon, who died at the Confederate Home, were brought here Tuesday for interment.  He was a native of this county and acted for a number of years as deputy circuit clerk.  He served with much gallantry throughout the Civil War, being a member of Burn’s battery in Morgan’s command.  He was captured at Buffington Island, and was a prisoner at Camp Douglass.  He was a most gallant soldier, and a brave and fearless one.  Many of his old Confederate comrades met the casket at the train and six of them acted as pall-bearers.  They were:  J. D. Bryant, J. O. Dedman, J. W. Roberts, Charles Bonta, J. M. Board and John Lane.  Rev. J. G. Hunter, himself a member of Morgan’s command, conducted the funeral.  The interment took place in the family lot in Spring Hill.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Thursday, February 26, 1903

The community was shocked by the sudden death of Mr. Edwin M. Glave, which occurred Wednesday morning at “Wildwood”, the home of his sister, Mrs. W. W. Goddard.  For the past week he had been confined to his room with a deep cold, but his condition was not thought to be serious.  He was 76 years of age and a native of Harrison County, but has made his home in this county for the past 25 years.  He served through the Mexican War and was a member of Morgan’s command in the Confederate service.  Mr. Glave was a member of high standing in the Methodist Church.  A wife but no children survives.  Dr. Vaughn will conduct the funeral services at 2 o’clock this afternoon at “Wildwood” and the interment will take place at Spring Hill Cemetery.  His death leaves ten Mexican War veterans living in this county.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Friday, October 2, 1908

Mr. Jouett McCoun, one of the most prominent men of the Providence neighborhood, died last Thursday evening of a complication of diseases, after a lingering illness.  His funeral took place at New Providence Church on Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Harvey Glass and the remains were interred in the Providence Cemetery.  Mr. McCoun was a splendid gentleman and one of the most prosperous farmers of that section of the county.  He was a member of Morgan’s command during the Civil War, and on the last raid of that famous Confederate through Kentucky in 1864, Mr. McCoun was captured at Cynthiana and was held a prisoner at Rock Island until the close of the war.  He was a native of this county and has always been held in the highest esteem.  He leaves a wife and three daughters, Misses Ora and Mabel McCoun, and Mrs. Dulin, of Shelbyville.  The pall bearers were Dr. J. W. Powell, Dr. J. P. Lapsley and Messrs. George Forsythe, Eb. Adams, James Armstrong and Henry McGee.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Friday, October 22, 1909

Mr. John Wesley Robards died at his home in the Passmore house last Friday morning at one o’clock, and was buried in Spring Hill Cemetery Sunday afternoon, the funeral being performed at the house.  Mr. Robards was a most estimable man and was as true as steel to his many friends.  He was liberal almost to a fault and was always ready to help out some worthy case of charity.  Mr. Robards was a soldier in the Confederate service during the Civil War, serving in Company H, 2nd Kentucky Cavalry, which was part of Morgan’s command.  He was highly commended by all his officers and was termed a model soldier.  Col. Duke declared that he had not better soldier in his regiment.  He served continuously from 1862 to 1865 and was in active service all of the time except about eighteen months while he was a prisoner at Camp Douglass.  Mr. Robards was 69 years of age and had lived most of his life in Harrodsburg, where he was a popular contractor, making a specialty of concrete work.  He had also done much work in Danville and other neighboring towns.  All regret his untimely end and offer sympathy to the bereaved family.  Two children, Miss Mary Augusta Robards, who lives at Frankfort, and has a splendid position at that place, and Mr. George Robards of this city, who is Deputy County clerk, survive him.  The funeral was conducted by Rev. Lon Robinson of the Methodist Church and the local Confederate Veterans were in attendance.

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