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Miamiville in Clermont County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)


Derailment of the "Kilgour"

— John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —

Miamiville Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
1. Miamiville Marker
Inscription.  Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan's 2,000 cavalrymen, laden with artillery and wagons, began fording the Little Miami River around 7 am on July 14, 1863. Scouts rode ahead to establish defensive perimeters. About half a mile southeast of Porter's Mill Ford, they sabotaged the Little Miami Railroad by wedging railroad ties into a cattle gap and severing telegraph wires.

As a passenger train, pulled by the locomotive the "Kilgour" — chugging south toward Camp Dennison with 115 raw Union recruits — passed Dangerous Crossing, the Confederate raiders fired shots. Picking up steam, the train rounded a blind curve and struck the wedged ties at full speed.

"There lay the monster floundering in the field like a fish out of water, with nothing but the tender attached," recalled Lieutenant Kelion Peddicord of Morgan's scouts. "Her coupling must have broken, for the passenger carriages and express were still on the track." John Redman, the locomotive engineer, was severely hurt in the derailment, while fireman Cornelius Conway was killed. The civilians and recruits on board sustained only
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minor injuries.

After evacuating the passengers, Morgan's men set fire to the train cars and marched their captives to Jacob Thompson's house. There Morgan paroled the prisoners, telling them to walk the rest of the way to Camp Dennison.

Morgan's Raid in Ohio
The Civil War, which most thought would be over quickly, had bogged down into a long fight between the states. Heavy fighting was going on in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and in Vicksburg, Mississippi, when Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan brought the war to the northern home front. Racing through Indiana, he crossed into southwestern Ohio on July 13, 1863, and brought more than 2,000 veteran raiders with him. Their mission in crossing the state was to occupy and divert as many Union troops as possible. Department of the Ohio commander Maior General Ambrose Burnside sought to stop Morgan, but that would prove a much harder job than he expected.

[Photo captions]
Top left: Morgan's scouts derailed a passenger train, pulled by the "Kilgour," that carried Union army recruits, including a regimental brass band. Equipped with only a few sidearms, the recruits surrendered without a shot.
Bottom left map: After sunrise July 14, 1863, while Duke's brigade escorted the wagon train from Sharonville,
(1) Johnson's brigade was
Miamiville Marker (on left) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
2. Miamiville Marker (on left)
turned away by Proctor's Union forces at the Crossroads Skirmish and forced through Montgomery. (2) Morgan's Division crossed the river at Porter's Mill Ford as scouts (3) derailed the "Kilgour" and (4) captured the Madisonville Pike Bridge. (5) Duke's attack at the Little Miami Railroad Bridge bought time for Johnson's brigade to (6) negotiate Dangerous Crossing, (7) fight off the Loveland Militia, and send the wagons through Ward's Corner. (8) Before leaving the area in the early afternoon, Morgan plundered Camp Shady. (9) Hobson's Union cavalry made camp nearby about 9 pm.

Text: David L. Mowery
Illustration and Map: Bev Kirk

Erected 2013 by the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Ohio History Connection, and the Ohio Civil War Trail Commission. (Marker Number 9.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Ohio series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 14, 1863.
Location. 39° 12.777′ N, 84° 17.766′ W. Marker is in Miamiville, Ohio, in Clermont County. Marker can be reached from Glendale Milford Road (Ohio Route 126) east of Wards Corner Road, on
Marker is to the left of trail, where double yellow lines end. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
3. Marker is to the left of trail, where double yellow lines end.
This trail is part of the Little Miami State Park and is called the Little Miami Scenic Trail. It is the third longest paved trail in the United States, running 78.1 miles though five southwestern counties in the state.
the right when traveling east. Located just off the road on the Little Miami Scenic Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Miamiville OH 45147, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Miamiville (here, next to this marker); Dead Man's Hand (approx. ¾ mile away); Charlie Henry Rich (approx. ¾ mile away); Little Miami Railroad (approx. 1.2 miles away); Waldschmidt Cemetery (approx. 1.4 miles away); Richard Michael Weaver (approx. 1½ miles away); Camp Dennison Civil War Museum (approx. 1.6 miles away); Camp Dennison (approx. 1.6 miles away).
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 634 times since then and 131 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 12, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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Sep. 28, 2023