Summary

A Confederate cavalry officer, killed in action, who is best known for "Morgan's Raid."

Conflict Period:
Civil War (Confederate) 1
Branch:
Confederate Army 1
Rank:
Brigadier General 2
Birth:
01 Jun 1825 3
Huntsville, Alabama 3
Death:
04 Sep 1864 3
Greeneville, Tennessee 3
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Full Name:
John Hunt Morgan 1
Birth:
01 Jun 1825 2
Huntsville, Alabama 2
Death:
04 Sep 1864 2
Greeneville, Tennessee 2
Cause: Gunshot wound 2
Burial:
Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, KY 3
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Birth:
Mother: Henrietta Hunt 2
Father: Calvin Morgan 2
Marriage:
Martha Ready 2
1863 2
Marriage:
Rebecca Gratz Bruce 2
1848 2
Spouse Death Date: 1861 3
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Civil War (Confederate) 1

Branch:
Confederate Army 1
Rank:
Brigadier General 2
Service Start Date:
1861 2
Service End Date:
1864 2
Enlistment Date:
1862 1
Battles:
Battle of Shiloh, Battle of Hartsville, Morgan's Raid (Battle of Buffington Island, Battle of Corydon, Battle of Salineville, Battle of Tebbs' Bend) 2

Mexican-American War 2

Rank:
First Lieutenant 2
Service Start Date:
1846 2
Service End Date:
1847 2
Battles:
Battle of Buena Vista 2

Other Service 2

Branch:
Kentucky Militia 2
Branch:
Militia 2
Rank:
Captain 2
Service Start Date:
1857 2
Service End Date:
1861 2

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Morgan's Death

Greeneville, Tennessee

Morgan, a revered Confederate cavalry leader, is probably best known for “Morgan’s Raid,” which took him and 1,800 men on a 1,000-mile raid through Kentucky starting in July 1862. In July 1863, Morgan took 2,400 men on a raid through Indiana and Ohio, but it ended with his capture. Morgan, however, escaped from Ohio State Penitentiary, where he was being held, and returned to duty. His death occurred on 4 September 1864, when he was shot and killed during a Union raid on his headquarters at Greeneville, Tennessee.

Escape from the Ohio Penitentiary

On 27 November 1863, Morgan and his men escaped from the Ohio Pentitentiary after their capture at the failed "Morgan's Raid" on 26 July. He and his men dug a tunnel out of their cell to the inner yard. They then climbed over the wall with a rope made from blankets and made a break for the train station in Cincinnati. The men split from there, heading to their separate destinations.

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