Historic Markers Across Alabama

Castle Morgan & Jesse H

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Location: In a park area at the end of Capitol Avenue near Vine Avenue, Cahaba, Alabama
County: Dallas
Coordinates: N 32° 18.984    W 087° 5.76
  32.3164    -87.096
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


The Union soldiers held captive in Cahaba's Civil War Prison, called the place Castle Morgan in honor of a daring Confederate raider. In 1888 Jesse Hawes published a book about his imprisonment in Castle Morgan. He drew this diagram from memory.

The water closet was located in the depressed area to the right of this sign. Hawes illustrates it as a six hole outhouse that was constantly flushed into the Alabama River by artesian well water. Jesse Hawes and two other prisoners escaped through the latrine once. After two days on the run, they were caught and returned to Castle Morgan.

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