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Union in Boone County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

John Hunt Morgan Escape Route

 
 
John Hunt Morgan Escape Route Marker, side one image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 12, 2019
1. John Hunt Morgan Escape Route Marker, side one
Inscription.  On Nov. 28, 1863, after escaping from Ohio Penitentiary & taking a train to Cincinnati, CSA Gen. John Hunt Morgan & Capt. Thomas Hines crossed the Ohio River to Ludlow. Sympathetic Boone County residents, as well as Big Bone Baptist Church, gave them food, shelter & supplies. They rode into Gallatin County the following night.

This map shows the route taken by Gen. Morgan and Capt. Hines from North to South through Boone County on Nov. 28 & 29, 1863. Also shown are stops they made along the way.
 
Erected 2013 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. Sponsored by the Boone County Historical Society. (Marker Number 2394.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Kentucky, and the Kentucky Historical Society series lists.
 
Location. 38° 57.882′ N, 84° 40.731′ W. Marker is in Union, Kentucky, in Boone County. Marker is on U.S. 42 near Old Union
John Hunt Morgan Escape Route Marker, side two image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 12, 2019
2. John Hunt Morgan Escape Route Marker, side two
Road, on the right when traveling west. Approach from Old Union Road stub. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Union KY 41091, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hopeful Lutheran Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); Boone County, 1798 (approx. 3 miles away); Skirmish at Florence (approx. 3.7 miles away); George Speri Sperti (1900-1991) / Boonetucky Farm (approx. 3.9 miles away); Major John P. Gaines (approx. 4.7 miles away); Richwood Presbyterian Church (approx. 4.7 miles away); Old Boone County Courthouse (approx. 5 miles away); Historic Burlington, KY (approx. 5 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  John Hunt Morgan Escape Route. Article by Becky Riddle. “Fearing they would be captured when the train arrived in Cincinnati, they jumped from the train on the outskirts of the city, near Ludlow Ferry, on the Ohio River. They rode the ferry across the river to Kentucky and received a warm welcome when they arrived at the residence of Mrs. Ludlow. Sympathetic Boone County residents, as well as Big Bone Baptist Church, provided them with food, shelter, and supplies. They were in Boone Co. on November 28 and 29 and rode into Gallatin County the following night.” (Submitted on July 1, 2019.) 
 
Image of Map Embedded in Marker image. Click for full size.
3. Image of Map Embedded in Marker
Click on image to enlarge. The map shows the route north to south with stops at Pt. Pleasant School, Utz, Crisler, Dr. John Dulaney, Daniel Piatt, Henry Corbin, R.G. Adams, Big Bone Baptist Church, B.b. Allphin, and Richard Cabin. Present-day road names are shown.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 1, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 1, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 1, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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