FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 6, 2013) — The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a historical marker showing Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s escape route, at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9, in Union.

On Nov. 28, 1863, after escaping from the Ohio Penitentiary and taking a train to Cincinnati, Morgan and Capt. Thomas Hines crossed the Ohio River to Ludlow. Sympathetic Boone County residents and members of Big Bone Baptist Church gave them food, shelter and supplies. They rode into Gallatin County the following night.


A map on the marker shows the route taken by Morgan and Hines from north to south through Boone County. Also shown are the contacts and stops they made along the way.


This marker, which is placed between U.S. 42 and Old Highway 42 in Union, is presented by the Boone County Historical Society.

The Kentucky Historical Marker Program, administered by KHS in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, tells Kentucky’s story through the people, places and events that have shaped local communities across the Commonwealth. These markers highlight the importance of place in Kentucky’s collective history, in order to build strong communities for the future. The markers are on-the-spot history lessons that make connections between history, place and historical evidence housed in the Commonwealth’s many historical organizations. Through the program, Kentucky’s history is made accessible to the public on markers along the state’s roadways; online at
www.history.ky.gov/markers and via the Explore Kentucky History smartphone application available for free at iTunes and Google Play.

For more information, contact Becky Riddle, Kentucky Historical Marker program coordinator, at 502-564-1792, ext. 4474 or



An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky's history by providing connections to the past, perspective on the present and inspiration for the future. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.



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