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Cahaba in Dallas County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Castle Morgan & Jesse Hawes

 
 
Castle Morgan & Jesse Hawes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, August 15, 2009
1. Castle Morgan & Jesse Hawes Marker
Inscription. The Union soldiers held captive in Cahaba's Civil War Prison, called the place Castle Morgan in honor of a daring Confederate raider. In 1888 Jesse Hawes published a book about his imprisonment in Castle Morgan. He drew this diagram from memory.

The water closet was located in the depressed area to the right of this sign. Hawes illustrates it as a six hole outhouse that was constantly flushed into the Alabama River by artesian well water. Jesse Hawes and two other prisoners escaped through the latrine once. After two days on the run, they were caught and returned to Castle Morgan.
 
Location. 32° 18.984′ N, 87° 5.76′ W. Marker is in Cahaba, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker can be reached from Capitol Avenue near Vine Avenue. Touch for map. In a park area at the end of Capitol Avenue. About 100 yards southeast of the Cahaba First State Capital stone marker. Marker is in this post office area: Orrville AL 36767, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Prison Chimney? (here, next to this marker); Major Hiram Solon Hanchett (here, next to this marker); Civil War Prison (here, next to this marker); Footprint of a Church
Castle Morgan & Jesse Hawes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr
2. Castle Morgan & Jesse Hawes Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Vine Street (about 400 feet away); Commissary - R.R. Depot (about 400 feet away); Cahaba First State Capital (about 400 feet away); Alabama's First Statehouse (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cahaba.
 
More about this marker. Marker located on the south side of the Chimney.
 
Also see . . .  Old Cahawba, "Alabama's most famous Ghost Town". (Submitted on September 23, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 23, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 3,020 times since then and 183 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 23, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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