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Object Name ROPE
Catalog Number 0985.04.00038
Description The rope consists of a length of woven blue and white cotton bed ticking. It is believed to consist of three separate strands braided together.
Material Fabric/Cloth/Cotton
Dimensions L-3.5 inches
Owner Regiment 2nd Kentucky Cavalry; Dept. of Southwest Virginia
Made Richard C. Morgan
Provenance The piece of rope, made from bed ticking, was used by Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan and several of his men to "let themselves down from the penitentiary walls" of a prison in Ohio, then and escaped to Kentucky.

"A piece of rope braided from the bed ticking of Gen. John Morgan by which he made his escape from the Ohio Penitentiary on Nov. 27, 1863."

According to Thomas Hines, a fellow prisoner who wrote a postwar article about the escape, the braided rope was made by Richard C. Morgan, John Hunt Morgan's brother: he "made a rope, in links, of bed-ticking, thirty-five feet in length, and from the iron poker of the hall stove we made a hook, in the nature of a grappling-iron, to attach to the end of the rope." (Hines, "A Romance of Morgan's Rough Riders, the Escape," in "Century Magazine", January 1891, p. 418).

Following Morgan's Raid into Ohio, he and his men were forced to surrender on July 26, 1863, near Salineville, Ohio. On November 27, Morgan and six of his officers, most notably Thomas Hines, escaped from their cells in the Ohio Penitentiary by digging a tunnel from Hines' cell into the inner yard and then ascending a wall. Morgan and three of his officers, shortly after midnight, boarded a train from the nearby Columbus train station and arrived in Cincinnati that morning. Morgan and Hines jumped from the train before reaching the depot, and escaped into Kentucky by hiring a skiff to take them across the Ohio River. Through the assistance of sympathizers, they eventually made it to safety in the South.
People Bennett, Jacob
Hines, Thomas
Castleman, John B.
Morgan, John Hunt
Morgan, Richard C.
Search Terms Ohio State Penitentiary
Morgan's Raid
Subjects Prison escapes
Prisoners of war