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Union raid captured McMinnville in 1863
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Nearly 150 years ago today, McMinnville made the front-page of the New York Times when over 6,000 Union soldiers descended on the town in a surprise raid.Their target was Gen. John Hunt Morgan, who had penetrated deeper behind Union lines than any other Confederate general.“Morgan’s headquarters was where Central Church of Christ is located today,” said local resident George McGlothin, who has done extensive Civil War research on Gen. Morgan. “He married Mattie Ready who was from Readyville and they had a three-month honeymoon in McMinnville. Virginia French planned a big ball for them here.

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