A Night in a Hotel Historical

A Night in a Hotel Historical (HM1VSG)

Location: Lexington, IN 47138 Scott County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 39.176', W 85° 37.549'

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John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail

About dusk on July 10, 1863, Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his men rode into Lexington, then the county seat of Scott County. The raiders had ridden approximately 45 miles since camping the previous night in the Palmyra area. Lexington was occupied without opposition. The county's three Home Guard companies had been ordered to Jeffersonville to protect the U.S. Government warehouses.

Morgan and his staff spent the night in the Faris Hotel, which faced the courthouse on the square (where the elementary school now stands). A few of Morgan's men camped on the courthouse ground but the larger part of the 2,000 man division camped northeast of town.

Before leaving Lexington at 11 a.m. on July 11th, the Raiders looted the town's three general stores of men's clothing and shoes. The Post Office was robbed of all cash and stamps. Dwellings were plundered.

Ironically, on July 11, Union General Edward H. Hobson spent the night in the Faris Hotel, the same place Confederate General Morgan had occupied the night before.
Placed ByHistoric Hoosier Hills RC&D
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Date Added Saturday, November 19th, 2016 at 9:03pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 619574 N 4279159
Decimal Degrees38.65293333, -85.62581667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 39.176', W 85° 37.549'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 39' 10.56" N, 85° 37' 32.94" W
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Area Code(s)812
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2775 S Cherry St, Lexington IN 47138, US
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