Blue Ash in Hamilton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
"You Can't Stop an Army"
— John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —
Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan's cavalry had separated into groups of between two and twenty men in search of food, water, and fresh horses. Eight hours later, Union Brigadier General Edward Hobson's forces arrived in Blue Ash to forage for new mounts. To their dismay, the new arrivals discovered that Morgan's men had confiscated nearly all useful horses within a three-mile radius.
The Raiders Throw Out a Net
Morgan had sent his troopers on multiple routes from Sharonville to conceal their crossing of the Little W. Duke's 1st Brigade marched southeast toward Road, and Zig Zag Road. To screen his left flank, Sharonville along the wagon paths now known Miami River and to maximize foraging. Colonel Basil Montgomery by way of Creek Road, Glendale-Milford Duke sent large detachments northeast from as Lebanon Road, Kemper Road, and Cornell Road. Morgan led the other column, composed of Colonel Adam "Stovepipe" Johnson's 2nd Brigade, along Reading Pike and Cooper Road to Carpenter's Run Schoolhouse, then south on Plainfield Turnpike through East Sycamore (now Rossmoyne)
Morgan's Great Raid
Modern historians have listed Morgan's Indiana-Ohio Raid as among the top 20 in world history. Though Morgan's "Great" Raid did not affect the outcome of the Civil War, it set a significant precedent. The German Blitzkrieg of World War II and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 extrapolated from the "lightning war" tactics of John Hunt Morgan.
Morgan's Raid counts among the longest raids in the Civil War and reached the farthest north of any Confederate force from the contiguous southern states. The raid included the longest nonstop cavalry march in American military history (85 miles in 35 hours, from Sunman, Indiana, to Williamsburg, Ohio). Finally it was the largest military action of the Civil War in Indiana and Ohio.
Top left: John Craig Hunt and his young son watched helplessly from an upstairs window of their home as some of Morgan's Raiders took six of their horses. The Hunts would recover only two of the animals.
Middle left: John Craig Hunt and his wife, Eliza Bowen Hunt
During their ride around Cincinnati, Morgan's cavalrymen confiscated one of Jonathan T. Conklin's horses. Ohio government later offered Conklin $125 in reparation.
Bottom left: As Confederate Colonel Duke's brigade marched by Archibald Johnston's house on the morning of July 14, the raiders confiscated a horse from his father's nearby stable.
Text: Stephen Kelley & David L. Mowery
Illustrations: Bev Kirk
Erected 2013 by the Ohio Department of Transportation,
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Ohio series list.
Location. 39° 13.774′ N, 84° 23.449′ W. Marker is in Blue Ash, Ohio, in Hamilton County. Marker is on Hunt Road south of Tramwood Court when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4364 Hunt Road, Cincinnati OH 45242, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Deer Park (approx. 1.7 miles away); Evendale (approx. 2.1 miles away); Civic Organizations in Hazelwood (approx. 2.9 miles away); Sharonville (approx. 2.9 miles away); 12 Mile House (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Eliza House (approx. 3.9 miles away); Tucker's Station (approx. 3.9 miles away); Lockland- Wyoming Train Station (approx. 4 miles away).
Also see . . . City of Blue Ash - The Hunt House. (Submitted on September 12, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2017. It was originally submitted on September 12, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 298 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 12, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.