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Jasper in Pike County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Stoney Ridge

Axes to the Front

 

—John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —

 
Stoney Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
1. Stoney Ridge Marker
Inscription. As Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his Confederate raiders crossed southern Ohio, Governor David Tod called out ax brigades to fell trees across the raiders' anticipated route. Downed trees were not a major problem for mounted troops, but they were a headache for the baggage wagons and artillery that followed Morgan's column, and the Confederates became increasingly frustrated.

Here, at the top of a hill that provided a clear field of fire, the Pike County Military Committee built a barricade to stop Morgan and his men. About 40 of Jasper's townspeople manned the barricade and waited for the Confederates.

About 1 pm on July 16, 1863, Morgan and his troopers arrived to find their path blocked by the barricade. Morgan ordered several companies to dismount and fire a volley at the determined citizens. After several rounds, the defenders surrendered. The captured men were forced to march back to Jasper under continual verbal abuse from Morgan's men.

[Photo caption]: The small Pike County Military Committee, under the leadership of Andrew Kilgore, nervously waited behind their barricade for the arrival of Morgan's troops.

Text: Edd Sharp
Illustration: Bev Kirk

 
Erected 2013 by the Ohio Department of Transportation,
Stoney Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
2. Stoney Ridge Marker
the Ohio History Connection, and the Ohio Civil War Trail Commission. (Marker Number 15.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Ohio marker series.
 
Location. 39° 3.71′ N, 83° 6.492′ W. Marker is in Jasper, Ohio, in Pike County. Marker is on Jasper Road (County Road 43) east of Waldren Hill Road (County Road 38), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Jasper Road, Piketon OH 45661, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jasper (approx. 3 miles away); The Underground Railroad in Pike County (approx. 4.8 miles away); Piketon (approx. 4.8 miles away); Pike County Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.8 miles away); Pike County Revolutionary Soldiers (approx. 7.8 miles away); Pike County Twentieth-Century War Memorial (approx. 7.8 miles away); Canal Park (approx. 7.8 miles away); German Evangelical Church / Pike Heritage Foundation Museum (approx. 8 miles away).
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Looking east on Jasper Road - location of barricade.... image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
3. Looking east on Jasper Road - location of barricade....
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 69 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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