Stories of America’s Past

Welcome to America Comes Alive!, a site I created to share little-known stories of regular people who made a difference and changed the course of history. Look around and see what inspires you! — Kate Kelly

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On November 27, 1863, John Hunt Morgan and several other Confederate cavalrymen broke out of the Ohio state prison and escaped to the South. Morgan became famous for mounting raids on Northern territory. While these raids did not gain land for the South, they did keep Federal troops occupied, which gave the Confederate Army more leeway in their battles. After escape, Morgan returned to Tennessee to continue fighting. He was killed by Yankees in 1864.

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