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Harrison County, Kentucky

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Harrison County was formed on December 21, 1793 and was named for Colonel Benjamin Harrison, an early settler in the area.

The First Battle of Cynthiana was on July 17, 1862, part of Col. John Hunt Morgan's First Kentucky Raid. Morgan's Last Kentucky Raid included on June 11–12, 1864 the Civil War Second Battle of Cynthiana which was fought near Keller's Bridge and the later site of Battle of Grove Cemetery. On the first day, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his 1,200 Kentucky cavalrymen captured the town, making prisoners of its Union garrison (five companies from the 168th Ohio Infantry Regiment and a small group of local home guards) and nearly the entire 171st Ohio Infantry Regiment later that morning. Despite being low on ammunition, Morgan chose to stay and fight the enemy forces he knew were on their way. Union General Stephen G. Burbridge and his 2,400 cavalry and mounted infantry attacked him the next morning, driving the outnumbered Confederates from the town and freeing the prisoners.

Adjacent Counties

Cities

  • Berry
  • Cynthiana (County Seat)

Other Communities: Boyd, Breckinridge, Broadwell, Buena Vista, Colville, Connersville, Claysville, Hooktown, Lair, Lees Lick, Leesburg, Kelat, Morningglory, Oddville, Poindexter, Ruddels Mills, Rutland, Shadynook, Shawhan and Sunrise

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Genealogy Trails

Harrison Co. Genealogy Aid

US GenWeb

RAOGK

Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places