Old Washington in Guernsey County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Rebel Respite Cut Short
The billowing smoke rising from nearby Campbell's Station had alerted residents of the Confederates' approach. In alarm, they removed money from the Guernsey County Bank and sent it to Wheeling. While the fear-gripped citizens took refuge in their cellars and behind locked doors, a local Presbyterian minister, William Ferguson, stood at these crossroads, waving a white handkerchief. Begging the raiders to spare the community, Ferguson was assured by Morgan that his men required only food and fresh horses.
Morgan and several officers entered the American Hotel and compelled the owner, James Smith, to provide a hot meal. The men collapsed, exhausted, in the hotel bedrooms. Many of the raiders spread out through town, looking for food or a bed, some even sleeping in the streets. One group emptied the Lawrence Store of a variety of goods.
Brigadier General James M. Shackelford and his Union cavalry arrived on the cemetery hill just south of town and began firing on Morgan's guards as the sun reached high noon. Morgan's raiders quickly mounted their tired horses and fled north toward Winterset and east along the National Road. Morgan and
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Location. 40° 2.247′ N, 81° 26.709′ W. Marker is in Old Washington, Ohio, in Guernsey County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Mill Road and Morgan Way, on the right when traveling west on Old Mill Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Old Washington OH 43768, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Morganís Raid in Old Washington (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bodies of Three Confederate Cavalrymen (about 400 feet away); Morganís Raiders (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Old Washington (approx. ľ mile away); Peacock Road (approx. 3.1 miles away); “S” Bridge (approx. 3.8 miles away); The Scottish Rite in Ohio (approx. 7.6 miles away); Dr. Charles E. Jefferson (approx. 7.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Old Washington.
Also see . . . Morgan Raid Driving Tour. Ohio History Connection (Submitted on February 12, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
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