Near Reedsville in Meigs County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
—John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —
On the evening of July 19, 1863, in a rugged region near the head of Indian Run, Morgan gave instructions to fill a hilltop with large campfires. Union observers saw the fires and assumed the Confederates had camped for the night. After partly surrounding Morgan's camp, Shackelford rested just east of Tuppers Plains, confident that he would capture the raiders at first light.
Morgan and his men waited and then quietly slipped away under cover of darkness, riding around Tuppers Plains and their Union pursuers. When the Union troops, including the 23rd Ohio Infantry, stormed into Morgan's campsite in the morning, they found only 49 sick and wounded raiders who had stayed behind to tend the fires. Morgan had, once again, fooled his would-be captors.
Morgan Doubles Back to Cheshire
From Tuppers Plains, Morgan led his men west along the Athens-Meigs County
[Photo caption]:Morgan devised a classic ruse to mislead his Union pursuers: filling an area with campfires to give the impression of a large camp. The Confederates stealthily rode off, heading west back into the Ohio interior and around their enemy.
Text: Edd Sharp & David L. Mowery
Illustration: Bev Kirk
Erected 2013 by the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Ohio History Connection, and the Ohio Civil War Trail Commission. (Marker Number 31.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Ohio marker series.
Location. 39° 8.804′ N, 81° 47.354′ W. Marker is near Reedsville, Ohio Touch for map. Located at west end of Joppa Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 53040 OH-681, Reedsville OH 45772, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Reedsville (approx. 2.6 miles away); Belleville (approx. 3.4 miles away in West Virginia); Long Bottom (approx. 4.3 miles away); Birthplace of Ambrose Bierce (approx. 5.3 miles away); The Coolville Bridge (approx. 5.4 miles away); Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9053 Memorial (approx. 8.2 miles away); Morgan's Raid Route / Chester Village Commons (approx. 8.2 miles away); Chester (approx. 8.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reedsville.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 14, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 114 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.