General John Hunt Morgan, CSA / Morgan's Escape

General John Hunt Morgan, CSA / Morgan's Escape (HM8DH)

Location: Columbus, OH 43215 Franklin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 57.967', W 83° 0.416'

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Side A:
General John Hunt Morgan, CSA
On this site once stood the Ohio Penitentiary, which was built in 1834 and operated through 1984. Incarcerated here in July 1863 was Confederate General John Hunt Morgan, a cavalry commander known as the "Thunderbolt of the Confederacy," and about 70 of his officers. Morgan's Raiders brought the Civil War to the North with a spectacular raid through Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio in the summer of 1863. The raid ended with Morgan's capture in far eastern Ohio.
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Side B:
Morgan's Escape
Morgan surrendered the remnant of his command on July 26, 1863, near West Point in Columbiana County, the northernmost point reached by any significant force of armed Confederates during the war. He and his officers were sent to the Ohio Penitentiary rather than to a prisoner of war camp because of reports that captured Union officers had received similar treatment. This proved to be to Morgan's advantage: in November 1863, he and six of his officers escaped by tunneling from an air shaft beneath their cells into the prison yard and scaling the walls. Only two escapees were recaptured. Morgan returned to Confederate service and was killed in 1864.
HM NumberHM8DH
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans series.
Marker Number33-25
Year Placed2000
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Brig. Gen. Roswell S. Ripley Camp 1535, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 6:20pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 328597 N 4425925
Decimal Degrees39.96611667, -83.00693333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 57.967', W 83° 0.416'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 57' 58.02" N, 83° 0' 24.96" W
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Area Code(s)614, 513
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 230 West St, Columbus OH 43215, US
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