Inscription. Here on July 26, 1863 occurred the northernmost engagement of Confederate forces during the Civil War. In this immediate area, troops under Major General John H. Morgan, C.S.A., and General James Shackelford, U.S.A., met in full engagement. After evading Union troops, Morganís forces were re-formed at Norristown, from whence they proceeded to West Point, where Morgan surrendered his command.
By J. J. Prats, April 8, 2006
|1. Morgan's Raid Marker|
Erected 1968 by Carroll County Historical Society.
Location. 40° 37.228′ N, 80° 54.09′ W. Marker is near Salineville, Ohio, in Carroll County. Marker is on Salineville Road NE (Ohio Route 39) east of Oasis Road NE, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. It is approx. 3.4 miles west of the town of Salineville. Marker is in this post office area: Salineville OH 43945, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Morgan's Raid (approx. 3.7 miles away); Bergholz Veterans Memorial (approx. 7 miles away); Bergholz Cemetery Veteran's Memorial (approx. 7.3 miles away); a different marker also named Morgan's Raid (approx. 7.3 miles away); a different marker also named Morgan's Raid (approx. 7.6 miles away).
More about this marker.
Marker faces away from the road, towards an open field that is kept neatly mowed.
By J. J. Prats, April 8, 2006
|2. Morgan's Raid Marker|
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. What Was the Northern most "Battle" of the Civil War?
Also see . . .
1. Morganís Raid. Shorter account of his foray across the Ohio river and his capture near this marker in Carroll County. (Submitted on April 11, 2006.)
2. Attempted Raid on the Border. More on the Calais Bank raid in Maine (see Additional Comments below). This site also has information on Confederate activity in Vermont, which is further north than this site. (Submitted on December 1, 2007.)
3. The St. Albans Raid. An accounting of another "northernmost" engagement on October 19, 1864 in St. Albans, VT. While Confederate "terrorists" (based out of Canada) did take over the town, no Union military forces were actually engaged. (Submitted on July 10, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
1. Minimally, this marker requires an asterisk
The asterisk should indicate that Morganís Raid was the northermost engagement of Confederate forces when it occurred in July 1863. A year later, Confederate forces were engaged far to the north. On July 18, 1864, Confederates under William Collins, C.S.N., moved out of their protective sanctuary in British America to attack Calais, Maine. In a piece datelined that day, the New York Herald reported that the “small party of rebel raiders” who tried to rob the Calais Bank had counted on reinforcements that never came: “They say that thirty associates promised to meet them here, but failed.” See Confederates Downeast, by Mason Philip Smith, Provincial Press, Portland, Maine, 1985, and also see Link Number 2 above.
By Jamie Abel, September 25, 2010
|3. Morganís Raid Marker|
|The Morgan's Raid marker denoting the Battle of Salineville is nestled among four junipers on the north side of Ohio Route 39 about three miles west of Salineville.|
— Submitted November 30, 2007, by Franklin Bell of Bluemont, Virginia.
2. "Northernmost Engagement"
The "secret" to this marker is reading the fine print. This is the "northernmost" involving "Confederate forces," implying that of uniformed and organized Confederates. Clearly those wording this marker in Ohio didn't think Lt. Jackson's "Missouri Partisan Rangers dressed in Union uniforms" (See related markers), were proper Confederate forces.
And we also have the question of St. Albins in Vermont. Well again, many contend the raiders there were not true "Confederate soldiers" but rather partisans (or other unsavory words).
Truth be known, NONE of these locations are properly the northernmost battle. That distinction goes to an action fought on June 27, 1865 off the coast of St. Lawrence Island, in the Bering Sea, now part of Alaska. Yes, well after the surrender of troops on land, a Confederate privateer named the CSS Shenandoah captured and burned Union whalers. Thus in addition to being the northernmost and westernmost, the action was among the last battle of the Civil War. (And the CSS Shenandoah also fought the easternmost and likely the southernmost actions of the war during her voyage.)
— Submitted March 15, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
Credits. This page originally submitted on April 11, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 19,281 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 11, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. 3. submitted on October 1, 2010, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio.
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