John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864)

John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864) (HM93L)

Location: Lexington, KY 40507 Fayette County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 2.848', W 84° 29.867'

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Known as the "Thunderbolt of the Confederacy," Morgan was born in Huntsville, Alabama; in 1831 moved to Lexington. After attending Transylvania, he fought in the Mexican war. In Lexington, he prospered as owner of hemp factory and woolen mill. Morgan organized Lexington Rifles Infantry, 1857; later lead them to aid Confederacy. See over.

Leading cavalry raids behind the enemy lines, Morgan disrupted Union supplies and communications. For southerners, he was the ideal romantic hero. Captured in Indiana-Ohio raid, he escaped and was killed in Greeneville, Tennessee, September 4, 1864. Buried in Lexington Cemetery. Morgan became a courageous symbol of the Lost Cause.
HM NumberHM93L
Series This marker is part of the Kentucky: Kentucky Historical Society series
Marker Number1803
Year Placed1937
Placed ByKentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways
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Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 9:52pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 719563 N 4214037
Decimal Degrees38.04746667, -84.49778333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 2.848', W 84° 29.867'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 2' 50.88" N, 84° 29' 52.02" W
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Area Code(s)859
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-51 N Upper St, Lexington KY 40507, US
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