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Harrison County, Kentucky

The Harrison County Justice Center is located at 115 Court Street, Cynthiana, KY 41031. PhoneL (859) 234-1914.

Downtown Cynthiana

Photo: Downtown Cynthiana, KY. The Commercial Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Photographed by User:Ed!(talk), (own work), 2009, [cc-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed September, 2021.


Harrison County [†] was formed in 1793 from portions of Bourbon County and Scott County. It was named after Colonel Benjamin Harrison, an early settler in the area. On June 11‑12, 1864 the Civil War Battle of Cynthiana was fought near Kellar Bridge. On the first day, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his 1,200 Kentucky cavalrymen captured the town, making prisoners of its Union garrison and the entire 171st Ohio Infantry Regiment. 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.

† www.cynthianakychamber.com, accessed September, 2021.


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