Damon R. Eubank

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Damon Ralph Eubank​

(Kentucky historian and
university professor)

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Born November 8, 1959​
Elizabethtown, Kentucky​

Resident of Campbellsville, Kentucky​

Died March 31, 2023 (aged 63)
Campbellsville, Kentucky

Resting place:
Memorial Gardens of Elizabethtown

Political Party Republican
Spouse Lori Jadwin Eubank​ (married 1987-2023, his death)

Lorin Borntrager
Micah Eubank​
Ralph and Elizabeth D. Eubank
Louise Eubank (stepmother)
Alma mater:
Campbellsville University
Auburn University
Mississippi State University

Religion Southern Baptist

Damon Ralph Eubank (November 8, 1959 – March 31, 2023) is an historian at Campbellsville University in Campbellsville in Taylor County in central Kentucky,[1] principally known for his 2009 study of the family of U.S. Senator John J. Crittenden: In the Shadow of the Patriarch: The John J. Crittenden Family in War and Peace.[2]


Eubank is the only child born to Elizabeth D. Eubank and Ralph B. Eubank (1927-2011), a lifelong farmer from Vine Grove, Kentucky.[3] After his wife's death, Ralph Eubank married the former Louise Alton Bennett (c. 1937-2018), an educator.[4][5]

In 1977, Eubank graduated from North Hardin High School in Radcliff in Hardin County. He then procured his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981 from the then Campbellsville College, having studied under Professors Bobby R. Himes and William E. Bennett in history and political science, respectively. He then obtained his Master of Arts in College Teaching from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.[5]​In 2009, he was awarded Distinguished Professor of the Year. He served as chairman for many years of the CU Social Science Division.[6]

Eubank was a member of Campbellsville Baptist Church. He and his wife, the former Lori Jadwin, have two children, Lorin and Micah.[5]

Scholarly pursuits

In 1989, Eubank received his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi. His dissertation was published fifteen years later in 2004 as Response of Kentucky to the Mexican War, 1846-1848.[7] Earlier, in 1992, Eubank published an article based on the dissertation. This selection is entitled "A Time of Enthusiasm: The Response of Kentucky to the Call for Troops in the Mexican War."[8]

In his work on Senator Crittenden, Eubank tells the family story from the contributions of the children of the patriarch. George B. Crittenden of the Confederate Ary and Thomas Leonidas Crittenden, enlisted in the rival Union Army, held significant opposing commands during the American Civil War.[2] Daughter Ann Mary Crittenden's domestic life, stable in the antebellum years, was in time shattered by the turmoil of war. Several other Crittinden siblings were leaders in their respective communities. The divisions of war were followed by the rapprochement and reunion of the family which occurred after Crittenden's death. Most of Eubank's book focuses on the Civil War. The pressure to succeed, which the patriarch placed on his sons, seemed to have handicapped both men in their commands, Eubank concludes.[2]

In 2009, corresponding with his book publication, Campbellsville University named Eubank its 17th recipient of its "Excellence in Teaching Award."[5] Eubank has developed a new course on the Holocaust and plans to take a group of students to Poland. He structured an ancient history course, with the expectation of field study in Italy and Greece. He is a member of the Southern Historical Association, the Society of Civil War Historians, the Kentucky Historical Association, and the Filson Club. He is a member of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Committee and the Kentucky Bicentennial Committee. He serves as a book reviewer for The Alabama Review: A Quarterly Journal of Alabama History, published by Auburn University,[5] West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies,[9] and Louisiana History,[5] published by the Louisiana Historical Association through the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.​

Professor Eubank died of brain cancer in 2023 at the age of sixty-three. He is interred at Memorial Gardens of Elizabethtown. His memorial service was held at Ransdell Chapel on the CU campus.[10][6]


  1. Damon Eubank (R). Mylife.com. Retrieved on February 14, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 (2009) In the Shadow of the Patriarch: The John J. Crittenden Family in War and Peace. Mercer University Press in Macon, Georgia. ISBN 978-0-88146-151-0. Retrieved on February 14, 2020. 
  3. Ralph B. Eubank (1927-2011). Findagrave.com. Retrieved on February 14, 2020.
  4. Louise Eubank obituary. The News-Enterprise in Vine Grove, Kentucky (September 2018).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Joan C. McKinney (June 6, 2009). Dr. Damon Eubank Receives 17th Annual Excellence in Teaching Award for Tenured Faculty Member. cuarchive.info. Retrieved on February 14, 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Damon Eubank obituary. tributearchive.com.
  7. (2004) Response of Kentucky to the Mexican War, 1846-1848. Edwin Mellen Press in Lewistown, New York. ISBN ISBN 978-0-7734-6495-7. Retrieved on February 14, 2020. 
  8. Damon R. Eubank, "A Time of Enthusiasm: The Response of Kentucky to the Call for Troops in the Mexican War," Register of the Kentucky Historical Association 90 (1992), pp. 323-344; also cited in Lowell Hayes Harrison and James C. Klotter, A New History of Kentucky.
  9. West Virginia History: Your Gateway to the History of the Mountain State, 1939-2006, Vol. 59 (2001-2003). wvculture.org. Retrieved on February 14, 2020.
  10. Alexandra Brockman (April 4, 2023). Beloved CU professor dies. Central Kentucky News-Journal. Retrieved on April 8, 2023; under pay wall.

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