Johnson County and the city of Paintsville was at the crossroads of the civil war in eastern Kentucky. Johnson county had been intent of remaining a neutral county during the war, and early on passed a resolution declaring that neither the United States flag nor the Flag of the Confederacy be flown over the court house. This resolution however didn't last.
1862 found Col. James Garfield marching through Kentucky, following the Big Sandy river on a collision course with Paintsville. County officials acted quickly to save their community, repelled their resolution and raised the US flag once again over the court house.
With hours to spare the 5th Kentucky abandoned their position at Daniel Hager's farm. Though the war years countless skirmishes would take place in Johnson county, some in downtown Paintsville. The battle of Jenny's Creek was a preamble to the Battle of Middle Creek.
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The Real Hager's Farm
The Mountain Homeplace is not the site of the actual Hager's Farm, nor to our knowledge did any of the Mountain Homeplace buildings come from the site of the real Hager's Farm. The land which made up the Daniel Hager farm is located roughly 6 miles from the Mountain Homeplace at what is present day Hagerhill, KY.
The Civil War divided the Hager household with one of Daniel's sons enlisting in the confederate army and the other joining the union.
Daniel Hager, obtained the rank of General in the Kentucky State Militia, when the American Civil War started brewing all around him Gen. Hager knew he must choose sides. Gen. Hager cast his lot with the Southern Cause and served for some time on the staff of Gen. Humphrey Marshall. Hager served in the role as assistant Quarter Master. Marshall used the expansive Hager Farm as headquarters due to its key location near Paintsville, and Prestonsburg. Fortifications are still visible on the Hager farm today.
Jan. 6th 1862 Col. Garfield arrived in Paintsville in the lead up to the Battle of Middle Creek (Jan. 10th, 1862). Marshall not wanting to be trapped roused his troops and fled the Hager farm leaving the days meal still cooking away on the fire.
Daniel Hager officially left the 5th Kentucky Infantry late in 1862, he remained in Virginia until after the war was over. On May 4, 1865 Daniel Hager took the Oath of Amnesty in the office of Provost Marshal in Lousia Kentucky.
However the war wasn't quite over for Mr. Hager. He went on to serve as President of the Eastern Kentucky Veterans Society "Johnson County Platoon".
Mr. Hager went to be with the lord on July 5th, 1887 and was buried in the Old Paintsville Cemetery.