FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 11, 2013) — The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a historical marker to a Union Army officer, Maj. Andrew Graff Hamilton, at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Butler County Courthouse in Morgantown.

Hamilton, a leader of one of most incredible prison escapes of the Civil War, was born Jan. 9, 1835, in Pennsylvania. A Woodbury, Pa., resident before the war, he joined Company A of the 12th Kentucky Cavalry on Aug. 12, 1862. Captured at Jonesboro, Tenn., in August 1863, he was sent to Libby Prison in Richmond, Va.


On Feb. 9, 1864, he and Col. Thomas Rose led a mass prison escape of 109 Union officers from Libby Prison. Rose and 47 others were recaptured. Hamilton would later be the guest of honor at Libby Prison National War Museum at the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893. He was murdered on April 2, 1895, in Morgantown and is buried in the Bethlehem Cemetery in Reedyville.


This marker is presented by the VFW Post 5837 and Ladies Auxiliary.

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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