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Rokeby Lock in Morgan County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Morgan's Raid

 
 
Morgan's Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 2, 2008
1. Morgan's Raid Marker
Inscription. In July 1863, Confederate General John H. Morgan led a force of 2,000 cavalrymen across southern Ohio. Morgan's force entered Ohio from Indiana on July 13. A chase ensued as Union cavalry pursued Morgan's men across twenty Ohio counties. Most of Morgan's troops were captured in Meigs County at the Battle of Buffington Island. Morgan, with several hundred cavalry, managed to escape. They raced northeast, fighting skirmishes along the way, and forded the Muskingum at a point near Rokeby Lock on July 23, 1863. As they went, the soldiers raided local farms for food and replacement horses. They were finally captured in Columbiana County on July 26. The raid marked the northern-most point ever reached by Confederate forces. Across southern Ohio, frightened residents burned bridges over fordable streams and buried silver and jewelry to hide them from the marauders.
 
Erected 1996 by Muskingum River Parkway and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 4-58.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 44.035′ N, 81° 54.486′ W. Marker is in Rokeby Lock, Ohio, in Morgan County. Marker is at the intersection of
Morgan's Raid Marker and Lockkeeper's House image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 2, 2008
2. Morgan's Raid Marker and Lockkeeper's House
Looking southeast along Ohio Route 60.
Ohio Route 60 and Greer Road, on the right when traveling south on State Route 60. Click for map. Marker is at entrance to Muskingum River Parkway Lock No. 8 Park. Marker is in this post office area: McConnelsville OH 43756, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Muskingum River Navigation System (within shouting distance of this marker); Morgan Raiders (approx. 0.4 miles away); Goins Field (approx. 6.2 miles away); Stewart "Stu" Stevens (approx. 6.2 miles away); Rock Hollow School (approx. 6.3 miles away); J. Frank Demster Memorial Park (approx. 6.3 miles away); Morgan County Dungeon (approx. 6.3 miles away); Malta Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rokeby Lock.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Muskingum River Parkway Lock No. 8 Park Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 2, 2008
3. Muskingum River Parkway Lock No. 8 Park Sign
Looking northwest along Ohio Route 60.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,824 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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