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Portland in Meigs County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Battle of Buffington Island

 
 
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By Jamie Abel, circa 2000
1. Battle of Buffington Island Marker
Inscription. (Front side):
On and near this spot, July 19, 1863, occurred what is known as the Battle of Buffington Island between the forces of Gen. John H. Morgan, Confederate leader, who was attempting to cross the river near the middle of the island - a short distance south of this monument - and the pursuing Union forces under Brig. Gens. Henry M. Judah and Edward H. Hobson, who intercepted the Confederates and prevented the main force from crossing at this ford. Union Gunboats materially assisted in the encounter.

The engagement was brief but spirited and extended up and down the valley for a considerable distance. A small group of Confederates reached the southern bank of the river and escaped.

About seven hundred, including a number of officers, were captured, but General Morgan the remainder of his men were forced to flee up the Ohio side of the river until finally captured near New Lisbon, Ohio, on July 26, 1863.

(Left side):
The ground on which this monument stands was donated to the State of Ohio by Mrs. Norma Calkins Peoples of Pomeroy, O., granddaughter of Charles and Sarah Price, owners of this land at the time of the battle, for a state park to perpetuate the memory of the United States troops and the Ohio volunteers who fought and fell in the Battle of Buffington Island. Erected for the State of Ohio by the Ohio State Historical Society, 1931.

(Back side):
Major Daniel McCook
Paymaster United States Army, eldest of the "Fighting McCooks," lost his life at the age of 65, in the Battle of Buffington Island. He fell, mortally wounded, at a point about one mile south of this monument, and died the next day on a gunboat bound for Cincinnati, where he was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery.

(Right side):
This tablet commemorates the Moundbuilders of the Ohio Valley whose presence in this region is attested by the nearby burial mounds.
 
Erected 1931 by Ohio State Historical Society.
 
Location. 39° 0.138′ N, 81° 46.433′ W. Marker is in Portland, Ohio, in Meigs County. Marker is on Ohio Route 124 0.1 miles south of Local Highway 153, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 56944 Ohio 124, Portland OH 45770, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named The Battle of Buffington Island (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Buffington Island (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Buffington Island (here, next to this marker); Ravenswood (approx. 4.2 miles away in West Virginia); Ravenswood / Ohio River Ford (approx. 4.2 miles away in West Virginia); Racine Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.9 miles away); Racine American Legion Post 602 Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.9 miles away); Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9053 Memorial (approx. 9.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Portland.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. This page has been viewed 732 times since then and 15 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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