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Lexington in Scott County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

A Night in a Hotel

John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail

 
 
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By Tom Bosse, October 14, 2016
1. A Night in a Hotel Marker
Inscription. About dusk on July 10, 1863, Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his men rode into Lexington, then the county seat of Scott County. The raiders had ridden approximately 45 miles since camping the previous night in the Palmyra area. Lexington was occupied without opposition. The county's three Home Guard companies had been ordered to Jeffersonville to protect the U.S. Government warehouses.

Morgan and his staff spent the night in the Faris Hotel, which faced the courthouse on the square (where the elementary school now stands). A few of Morgan's men camped on the courthouse ground but the larger part of the 2,000 man division camped northeast of town.

Before leaving Lexington at 11 a.m. on July 11th, the Raiders looted the town's three general stores of men's clothing and shoes. The Post Office was robbed of all cash and stamps. Dwellings were plundered.

Ironically, on July 11, Union General Edward H. Hobson spent the night in the Faris Hotel, the same place Confederate General Morgan had occupied the night before.
 
Erected by Historic Hoosier Hills RC&D. (Marker Number 12.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Indiana marker series.
 
Location. 38° 
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By Tom Bosse, October 14, 2016
2. A Night in a Hotel Marker
39.176′ N, 85° 37.549′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Indiana, in Scott County. Marker is on South Cherry Street (State Road 203) south of Walnut Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lexington IN 47138, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lexington First County Seat (a few steps from this marker); Morgan's Raid (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Western Eagle (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of William Hayden English Home (approx. half a mile away); Town Creek Encampment (approx. half a mile away); John Kimberlin Farm (approx. 3.1 miles away); Northern Boundary of Clark's Grant (approx. 3 miles away); Morgan's Great Raid (approx. 7.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Gen. John Hunt Morgan image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
3. Gen. John Hunt Morgan
Gen. Edward H. Hobson image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
4. Gen. Edward H. Hobson
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By Tom Bosse, October 14, 2016
5. John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 155 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 19, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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