Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864)
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.
Erected 1937 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1803.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 38° 2.848′ N, 84° 29.867′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Kentucky, in Fayette County. Marker is on North Upper Street near West Main Street (Route 25 / 60), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located adjacent to the mounted statue of Morgan on the front or southeast
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 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); John Cabell Breckinridge (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
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Categories. • War, US Civil •
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