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Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864)

 
 
John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, June 16, 2008
1. John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864) Marker
Inscription.  (Front):
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.

(Reverse):
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.
 
Erected 1937 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1809.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located
Reverse of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, June 16, 2008
2. Reverse of Marker
near 38° 2.848′ N, 84° 29.867′ W. Marker was in Lexington, Kentucky, in Fayette County. Marker was on North Upper Street near West Main Street (Route 25 / 60), on the right when traveling south. Located adjacent to the mounted statue of Morgan on the front or southeast side of the historic courthouse. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Lexington KY 40507, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Fayette County (within shouting distance of this marker); Fayette County World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Slavery in Fayette Co. / Cheapside Slave Auction Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Lexington Courthouses / Cheapside (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Vice President (within shouting distance of this marker); Skuller's Clock (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Silversmith Shop (about 400 feet away); Peaceful Protests for Equality / Turning a Blind Eye to a Movement (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
 
More about this marker. Marker has been moved to Lexington Cemetery in Lexington, Kentucky.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, June 16, 2008
3. John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864) Marker
John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864) image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
4. John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864)
John Hunt Morgan Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bradley Owen, October 11, 2019
5. John Hunt Morgan Monument
Shown with a new base at its new location in Lexington Cemetery in Lexington, Kentucky.
John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, June 16, 2008
6. John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864) Marker
Statue of John Hunt Morgan astride his horse.
John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864) image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, June 16, 2008
7. John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864)
John Hunt Morgan Grave image. Click for full size.
By Bradley Owen, October 11, 2019
8. John Hunt Morgan Grave
Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Kentucky.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 1, 2008, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,825 times since then and 23 times this year. Last updated on February 1, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 1, 2008, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana.   4. submitted on August 18, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee.   5. submitted on February 1, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.   6, 7. submitted on December 1, 2008, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana.   8. submitted on February 1, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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