Victories Without Violence number 6 at the Progress Report
|January 9, 2007||Posted by Staff under Archive, Progress Report, The Progress Report|
Victories Without Violence
Shakers and Guerillas
Note — during the U.S. Civil War, Kentucky was a slave state that did not secede from the Union.
During the plundering, raiding, violent border struggles of the Civil War, the Shakers of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, dwelt in peace and security under the protection of a most “unlooked-for protector, no less a personage than the notorious guerilla leader, John Morgan.”
It appears that Morgan had grown up in the vicinity of the Shaker community, and cherished a profound respect for those quiet, kindly people. Hence, when the military foragers were hatching a raid against the well-stored Shaker larders and barns, he peremptorily forbade the foray.
Morgan then informed his troops that he had known the Shakers from long acquiaintance, as “a harmless, inoffensive people; that they took no part with either side, injured no man and had no desire to do so, and none under his command should injure them in any way.”
- — from “Shakerism, Its Meaning & Message,” by White and Taylor.