December 27, 1862 – in Elizabethtown, Kentucky – On December 27, Col. John H. Morgan and his Confederate raiders entered Elizabethtown. The Federal authorities offered Morgan a flag of truce. They suggested to Morgan that the Confederates were surrounded and that Morgan ought to surrender to the Federals. Morgan came back with the statement that the Union troops in town needed to surrender to the Confederates. The Federals refused Morgan’s surrender offer. The Confederates opened up on the town with their artillery and immediately began to shell the town. The Union troops took cover in the nearby houses. After 45 minutes of the Confederate shelling of the town, the town offered its surrender to Morgan.