“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Hilham in Overton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

John Hunt Morgan

Frequent Visitor

John Hunt Morgan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 22, 2013
1. John Hunt Morgan Marker
Inscription. Confederate cavalry raider Gen. John Hunt Morgan frequently passed through Livingston, strategically located at a crossroads in the Upper Cumberland region. Morgan and his men first came here on July 7, 1862, as they approached the Kentucky line for a successful summer raid. Three weeks later, they returned, and Morgan decided to split his force. Col. Basil W. Duke took one detachment to Sparta while Morgan led the remainder to Knoxville.

Later in 1862, the 9th Tennessee Cavalry joined Morganís forces: In the spring of 1863, new Confederate conscripts from Overton County joined the 9th Tennesseeís Companies A and E. During Morganís famous raid north of the Ohio River into Ohio and Indiana during the summer of 1863, the raiders passed through Livingston on their way to Albany, Kentucky. For a day, members of Companies A and E saw again a landscape that they knew well. Morganís troopers cut a swath of destruction in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. When they returned to Tennessee in late July, however their famous commander was not among them, having been captured and confined in the Ohio State Penitentiary. Many soldiers of Companies A and E were also captured and imprisoned temporarily.

Morgan escaped late in November 1863 and finally found safety when he crossed back into Tennessee and stopped at Livingston on December
John Hunt Morgan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 22, 2013
2. John Hunt Morgan Marker
8. Morgan never returned to the county after that. He died less than a year later in Greenville, where he was surrounded and shot while attempting to evade capture again.

(Inscription under the photo on the lower left)
Col. Basil W. Duke

(Inscription under the photo in the upper center)
Gen. John Hunt Morgan

(Inscription under the photo in the lower right)
John Hunt Morgan at Cynthiana
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 24.15′ N, 85° 28.467′ W. Marker is near Hilham, Tennessee, in Overton County. Marker is on Hilham Highway east of Turkey Town Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. This marker is located at Mayhue Masters General Merchandise store. Marker is in this post office area: Hilham TN 38568, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fisk Female Academy (approx. 2.3 miles away); Camp Zollicoffer (approx. 6 miles away); Butler's Landing / Bailey Butler (approx. 7.9 miles away); Specialist 4 James T. Davis (approx. 8.5 miles away); Overton County Courthouse (approx. 8.6 miles away); a different marker also named Overton County Courthouse (approx. 8.6 miles away); Cumberland River Campaign (approx. 9.4 miles away); Dale Hollow Dam (approx. 9.5 miles away).
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 387 times since then and 98 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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